Australotitan cooperensis is part of the Titanosaurus family that lived about 100 million years ago. It was finally named and described 15 years after its skeleton was first discovered.
In 2006, fossil bones were discovered in Mackenzie’s family farm, nicknamed “Cooper”, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) west of Brisbane in the Eromanga Basin.
The skeleton was kept secret at first due to the painstaking efforts of scientists to excavate and study the skeleton. The skeleton was first shown to the public in 2007.
Scott Hocknull, a paleontologist at the Queensland Museum, said that confirming Australia as a new species is a “very long and difficult task.”
The study, which relies on 3D scanned models of bones to compare dinosaurs with their close relatives, was published in the peer-reviewed PeerJ journal on Monday.
Hocknur said that many other dinosaur bones have been found in the same area, and more work needs to be done because “discoveries like this are just the tip of the iceberg.”