Scientists have discovered a dinosaur which is thought to be even bigger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex after footprints of the creature were found – an expert claims this also proves it was one of the biggest in the world.
A local palaeontologist claims the footprints prove the existence of a dinosaur, even larger than the T-Rex which could have roamed around Australia.
Coal miners made the discovery in the 1950s and 60s, however scientists at the University of Queensland have only recently studied the prints.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Head researcher and palaeontologist Dr Anthony Romilio confessed he does not know why the fossils had not been analysed earlier.
He said: “This is the largest footprint that we have of a meat-eating dinosaur.”
“(The footprint) is 80cm in length which translates to ten metres in (body) length from snout to tail tip, and to put that into perspective the largest known T-Rex was between 12 and 13 metres.”
The dinosaur has not yet been named, however the fossilised footprints are known as “kayentapus.”
Dr Romilio claims the size of the footprints prove the animal was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs in the world.
He said: “If you were to put a saddle on its back you would be about 3.5 metres off the ground.
“We do have other fossils of meat-eating dinosaurs but they range from about the size of a chicken to the size of cattle.”
The expert also explained the creatures were extremely fast and could run up to 35km/h – compared to the average human who can run at 25km/h.
The footprints are thought to be around 165 and 151 million years old, towards the end of the Jurassic Period.
In the future, Dr Romilio says he hopes studying the footprints will lead to the discovery of a full skeleton, which would give further evidence about Australia’s largest carnivorous dinosaur.