Australia’s most complete sauropod skull tells an intercontinental story

Palaeontologists have unearthed a fossil skull from a prehistoric Australian titan that lived 95 million years ago.

The Diamantinasaurus matildae specimen has been nicknamed Ann. The skull is the most complete of a sauropod – long-necked dinosaur – found in Australia.

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Found in Winton in western-central Queensland, Ann’s skull tells us about how this subadult and its species ate and lived, but also about connections between Australian titanosaurs – a group of sauropods that grew to massive sizes, some up to 100 tonnes – and their South American cousins.

Lead researchers Dr Steven Poropat speaks with Cosmos about the significance of Ann’s skull.

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