Australian researchers say they have found the first dinosaur ever to have been preserved in a preserved environment, with the creature living up to the name of the movie that brought it to life.
The discovery of the newfound dinosaur, known as a sauropod, was made during a survey in the remote town of Dungarvan in northern New South Wales.
The animal had been unearthed by researchers from the University of Queensland, who were looking for an ancient fossil of a bird.
The dinosaur was found by a local farmer, named Richard, who was out hunting with his daughter.
He said the sauropods bones were all preserved and “very intact”.
“It was a very rare find,” he said.
“The bones were so well preserved they were quite difficult to work with, because they are so well-preserved.”
The sauropaurs’ skeleton is almost complete, with an arm and tail, and a tail bone that is more complete than the rest of the body.
“They have been living in the same place for 30,000 years,” Dr Dung, from the Department of Palaeontology at the University, told ABC News.
“These bones are so much bigger than a normal sauropean.”
He said the animal had an upper body like an elephant, but a lower body that had a more “turtle-like” body structure.
The saurischian dinosaurs have long been thought to have evolved from dinosaurs, but the new discovery indicates the saurids were much more closely related to modern sauropsids than previously thought.
“That’s very exciting because we are now starting to see some evidence of a dinosaur-like group of dinosaurs in Australia,” Dr David Ritchie, from University of Adelaide, told The Australian.
“There’s a lot of evidence of this group of dinosaur-sized dinosaurs that have been found in Australia.”
“We know the fossilised bones are all in good condition, they’re very complete, but we still don’t know the exact size of these bones.”
Dungarran’s local Aboriginal people said the find was an “unfortunate” event.
“I think we all want to see something new, we want to hear something new and this is just one of those things that just doesn’t happen,” Chief of the Dungary Aboriginal Community Dr David Broughton told ABC Radio’s AM program.
“We have a lot to be thankful for.”
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