Three New Species of Dinosaurs Found in Australia – One Described as Like ‘Velociraptor, but many times bigger and more terrifying’

July 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)–The laid-back outback town of Winton, Queensland Australia, is known for its sheep farms, the itinerant sheep shearers known as “swaggies” romanticized in the song “Waltzing Matilda,” and for its fantastic dinosaur fossils.

Recently, paleontologists discovered three new species of dinosaurs near Winton’s Fossil Triangle, an ancient lake bed known for its wealth of dinosaur skeletons.

A team of Australian paleontologists dated the new dinosaur finds to the middle of the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago. The three brand new species include a ferocious carnivore and two herbivores.

All of the dinosaurs were appropriately named after characters in the song, “Waltzing Matilda,” with the carnivore named Banjo Patterson and the gentle leaf eaters named, Clancy and Matilda.

Banjo is the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton ever found in Australia and it’s described as larger and more fearsome than the raptors featured in the movie Jurassic Park.

The herbivores, Clancy and Matilda represent new species of titanosaurs, which were the largest creatures to have ever roamed the earth. Clancy was a tall and slender giraffe-like creature, while Matilda was a hippo-like dinosaur.

Australia, because of its isolation developed its own vegetation, which led to unique dinosaur species not found in other parts of the world.

The area of Winton, called Lark Quarry features amazing dinosaur tracks from the Cretaceous period, which is recognized as the world’s only evidence of an ancient dinosaur stampede.

The three new species of dinosaurs were announced together with the opening of the Winton Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History.

The amazing details of the dinosaur finds are available in the journal PLOS One.

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