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Scientists discover new dinosaurs

Nicole Bond reported this story on Friday, July 3, 2009 12:26:00

PETER CAVE: Three new species of dinosaur have been found in the outback near Winton in Queensland.

They were unearthed at the site of a 95-million-year-old billabong not far from where a new
Dinosaur Museum opens this week.

Nicole Bond from ABC Western Queensland is in Winton. She joins us on the line.

Nicole, one of these new discoveries doesn't sound like the sort of animal one would have wanted to
run into had we evolved 95-million years ago.

NICOLE BOND: That is for sure and I think you are talking there about Banjo. He has been nicknamed
Banjo, the Australovenator. He is a carnivorous sauropod. He would have stood about two meters
tall, five meters long, very sharp teeth and three sharp claws on each hand. He was one of the
dinosaurs discovered here.

There is two others as well that have been uncovered today.

PETER CAVE: There were two, Matilda and Clancy. Are they anymore cuddly?

NICOLE BOND: They are a lot more cuddly. In fact, in particular Matilda would be a wonderful
dinosaur to cuddle up to. She has been described as having quite a big fat bottom. Her real name is
Diamantinasaurus. She was a plant eater. About 18 meters between her head and her tail and from her
feet up to her hips, there is about four meters so she is a giant and in fact, her and Wintonotitan
which is Clancy, they are two new types of the largest animal ever to walk the earth.

She has been described as a hippo-like creature whereas Clancy was a lot slimmer, a lot longer and
taller.

PETER CAVE: I guess all this activity is related to the launch of the Age of Dinosaurs museum there
in Winton. Tell me about that.

NICOLE BOND: That is right. These dinosaurs will be housed in the Age of Australian Dinosaurs
museum.

It is opening its first stage today. These are international finds but they are being kept in a tin
shed on a jump-up which is like a mesa, a hill in Winton in western Queensland so they are not
getting the royal treatment yet but there are plans over the next 10 to 20 years to build an
international scale museum here but this is the starting point.

The bones will be kept here. They will be further studied along with many other bones line the
walls here that we don't even know what they belong to.

PETER CAVE: Is this more about tourism or science?

NICOLE BOND: No, the organizers behind this scene say that this is a working museum. It is very
much about science but they have acknowledged that they are going to use tourism to bring the
dollars in to fund the science, to fund the digs and to find the funds that, you know, looking more
at the bones.

PETER CAVE: Nicole Bond on the line there from Winton.