In a way, we should be grateful that we have these fossils.
Fossils, once thought of as ancient relics of a vanished civilisation, now have a new lease of life, thanks to a new generation of scientists who have been able to extract and understand the secrets of these creatures.
Fossil hunters have identified hundreds of new species, but the most exciting discovery was the discovery of a fossil of a dinosaur that lived almost 65 million years ago.
This fossil is the earliest known example of a modern-day trex tooth.
The fossil was found in a shallow deposit in Queensland’s Goldfields National Park, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-west of Darwin.
This rare fossil was a juvenile dinosaur that was about 50 centimetres long.
It has been nicknamed “the tooth of trex” because of its tusks and large size.
“This tooth has been found, but it’s not known how old it is, so we’re waiting for more fossil discoveries to come out to confirm that it’s really a dinosaur,” said Dr Andrew Wilson, who is working on the new species.
He said that the new dinosaur, called a troxophontid, belonged to a group of large-bodied dinosaurs that lived about 65 million to 60 million years before the T. rex.
“It’s the earliest dinosaur that we know of that had a large head and was probably very large in relation to its body size,” he said.
The new fossil shows a dinosaur with a long, thick, long tusk that would have been used to pick fruit.
“We’re going to be studying it to see if there are any other bones of this type that are found in that region,” Dr Wilson said.
“The most exciting thing we have found so far is the tooth itself.
We’ve been able at this stage to identify this dinosaur’s species, which is one of the new dinosaurs found in Queensland.”
The tooth has also been identified as belonging to the extinct genus T. albiventris, which included many smaller dinosaurs.
“So we have a complete group of the earliest dinosaurs,” Dr James Henshaw, a paleontologist at the University of Western Australia who has been working on this new species for the past four years, said.
He is also the lead author of a paper in the journal PLOS ONE.
The T. elbivens tooth was discovered in Queensland in 2009 and dated to about 70 million years old.
“Its discovery has opened up a whole new window of discovery for us,” he told ABC Radio Darwin.
The team has also discovered new fossils from Australia’s northern beaches, such as the extinct rock-like fossil known as the Terex, which was discovered at Katoomba Beach, in Victoria’s Gold Coast, in 2013.
Terexes are very large fossils that have been found in Australian waters.
The newly discovered Terexus was more than two metres long.
The researchers believe that it was a large tusk-bearing dinosaur, and possibly a trex.
The scientists have also discovered the remains of a larger Terexi, which belonged to the genus Lophophosauria, which includes the species T. biventria.
“There are some very intriguing dinosaur fossils that are still being found around the world, and these two specimens from Queensland are certainly the largest known dinosaur to have been discovered there in the last 25 years,” Dr Henshy said.