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Scientists discover 113-million-year-old skeleton of turkey-sized vegan dinosaur in Australia
Scientists have made a major and significant discovery by recently unearthing the skeleton of a small turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur in Cape Otway, in southeastern Australia.

The skeleton of the plant-eating dinosaur from a past geological age, has been discovered in 113-million-year-old rocks, as per the media report.

The discovery comes at a time when a few days back, dinosaur eggs were found preserved in a very good condition at a construction site in China.

The find provides fresh insight into the array of dinosaurs that lived in Australia during the Cretaceous period, when the continent was still connected to Antarctica.

"Skeletons of dinosaurs from Australia are very rare," palaeontologist Matthew Herne from University of Queensland said.

Dr Herne further added, "It was comparable to a large domesticated turkey in weight, but of course much longer than a turkey because of its tail."

The fossils, which have been discovered include an almost-complete long tail and foot bones of the right leg.

According to the report, the new dinosaur species has been named Diluvicursor pickeringi, alternatively also referred to as Pickering's Flood-Running dinosaur. The species' name honours the late David Pickering, who was collection manager for Palaeontology at the Museum Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia.

"Diluvicursor shows for the first time that there were at least two distinct body-types among closely related ornithopods in this part of Australia." Herne said.

He further added, "One was lightly built with an extraordinarily long tail, while the other, Diluvicursor, was more solidly built, with a far shorter tail. Our preliminary reconstruction of the tail musculature of Diluvicursor suggests this dinosaur was a good runner, with powerful leg retracting muscles."

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