Elliot the Aussie Sauropod

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Okay so for my next post I thought I might just write about one of my favorite dinosaurs....Elliot

Height: 3.5 meters high at the hip

Legnth: 16 to 21 meters (approximately)

Diet: Herbivore

Elliot is an Australian Sauropod dicovered at the Winton Formation in 1999 by his namesake, Dave Elliot. This large Sauropod lived almost 100 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period. Elliot most likely spent most of his time browsing in the forest that surrounded the inland sea which covered most of Queensland and cenral Australia during the time in which Elliot roamed the earth. Like many sauropods the immense size of Elliot ensured that he would have had very few predators.

"The remains of Elliot were discovered in 1999 by his namesake, Dave Elliott, a Winton grazier. In 2001, a team from the Queensland Museum investigated the site, and with the help of Dave and his family, unearthed more bones. In 2002, Dr Steve Salisbury (now at The University of Queensland), Dr Alex Cook and Scott Hocknull led a major excavation to the site, enlisting the help of over 40 volunteers. This excavation continued in 2003 as part of The University of Queensland's Winton Dinosaur Project. The discovery represents physical evidence of the largest dinosaur skeleton of any kind ever found in Australia.

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