SOUTHERN COUSIN OF T. REX FOUND ALIVE AND WELL IN AUSTRALIA
April 4 2010
Adelaide, Australia – Despite having dominated the planet for millions of years, it wasn’t until less than 200 years ago that human beings finally discovered dinosaurs. 65 millions years of decay and the passage of time buried those great lizards deep
beneath the planet’s surface, potentially dooming them to be forgotten forever. However, the curiosity of man unearthed those behemoths, bringing them into the realm of science and into popular culture and giving us an insight into how our modern world came to be.
From a longevity standpoint dinosaurs were the most successful animals in Earth’s history, but it is human beings who have acquired high intelligence and spread from one isolated corner of the planet to every possible piece of land she has to offer. Fiction has of course speculated on what it would be like to have dinosaurs trying to share land with human beings, generally to disastrous
results. While science may or may not be able to return the great beasts of the past, a recent discovery in Australia indicates that living with dinosaurs might already be a reality. The discovery of a hip bone in the rural outback which appears to be from a previously undiscovered cousin of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, has prompted scientists in that country to reassess whether or not the great beasts of the past may still be living amongst us.
“This find has major significance for our knowledge of how this group of dinosaurs evolved. This find shows that tyrannosauroids were able to reach these areas early in their evolutionary history and also hints at the possibility that others remain to be discovered in Africa, South America and India,” said Dr. Roger Benson from the University of Cambridge. “It’s clear that these animals have ceased to exist on those continents. They are so heavily populated by human beings that we would have discovered them by now, but here in Australia where much of the land remains unexplored, such giant beast could thrive.”
Outside certain aquatic animals such as Crocodiles and the Coelacanth, very few animals from the dinosaur era are believed to have survived to the modern day.
“Human beings, by virtually every measurable metric, are the most successful species
to ever inhabit the Earth and because of that domination of the planet we have been able to ensure that these species have been totally eliminated, well outside the Loch Ness Monster at least,” said Scrape TV Zoology analyst Cambridge Walker. “I mean I know this is Australia and everything but even they couldn’t be that crazy. This is more than likely simply the remains of a long dead animal. It’s an important discovery but it in no way indicates that these species are still alive and roaming the world. Fossils are found all over the world and we have found no corresponding living animals alongside these discoveries, which really is a good thing.”
The government of Australia has issued a public warning to every city save Perth which is not particularly well liked by the rest of the country.
“It would be a remarkable thing to find dinosaurs still roaming the planet, even a small group of them, but that is very unlikely. If it does come to pass, we do need to take action. Aside from the threat to human population, a predator of this size would be a very serious threat to livestock and could significantly harm the economy of the country,” continued Walker. “I would personally recommend allocating an island to cage the animals, similar to Jurassic Park though with less killing. Tasmania would probably be a good place to put them.”
The United Nations is reportedly mulling a plan to isolate Australia from the rest of the world, though that action is unrelated to the potential dinosaur problem.
Anna Phillips, Science Correspondent