A new dinosaur has been discovered in our own backyard at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.
Named the “Lightning Claw”, the dinosaur is the largest carnivorous dinosaur yet found in Australia, at approximately 7 metres long. The bones that were discovered included a foot bone, parts of the hip, ribs, forearm, and a giant claw from the hand. The bones are estimated to be close to 110 million years old.
University of New England palaeontologist, Dr Phil Bell, the lead author of the study on the dinosaur, said the dinosaur is part of a rare group of dinosaurs called megaraptorid. Of the recent discovery, Dr Bell says, “What is fascinating about this discovery is it changes the popular notion that Australian dinosaurs came from ancestors derived from Africa and South America – instead the “Lightning Claw” appears to be the ancestor of all megaraptorids, meaning this group appeared first in Australia.”