Weewarrasaurus pobeni: New dinosaur discovered in Australia

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An artists rendering of what the Weewarrasaurus pobeni would have looked like 100 million years ago.James Kuether/University of New England
The dog-sized dinosaur was discovered in New South Wales in Australia

Ever heard of the Weewarrasaurus dinosaur? Don't be surprised if you haven't, as the species has only just been discovered in New South Wales in Australia.

A fragment of jawbone, fossilised in a stone, was found at Wee Warra opal mine in a town called Lightning Ridge.

It's full name is Weewarrasaurus pobeni. It would have lived in the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago and is part of a group of plant-eating dinosaurs called ornithopods.

This group moved on two legs, had beaks with serrated teeth and roamed on the ancient floodplains which covered the region at the time.

a supremely rare and unlikely discovery

Jenni Brammall, Palaeontologist, gemmologist and manager of the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is unique because it is the only place in the world where dinosaur bones routinely turn into opal - a multi-coloured precious stone.

The Weewarrasaurus jaw is now part of the Australian Opal Centre collection, the world's most diverse public collection of opalised fossils.

The opalised partial lower jaw of a new plant-eating dinosaur, Weewarrasaurus pobeni,Robert A. Smith/University of New England
Check out the wide serrated teeth preserved in this fossilised blue-green jawbone.


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  • Comment number 4. Posted by minijem

    7 Dec 2018 16:21
    WOW! What was it like? Did it have any unique skills for defending or attacking???? Which dinosaur hunted it???
  • Comment number 3. Posted by turquoise teeny turtle

    7 Dec 2018 14:30
    Funny name, but cool! ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•
    ๐ŸŽ„merry christmas๐ŸŽ„
  • Comment number 2. Posted by Violin Kitty

    6 Dec 2018 18:52
    Awesome a new Dino ๐Ÿฆ–
  • Comment number 1. Posted by happytrampoliningchocolatewaffle

    6 Dec 2018 17:56
    Cool ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ‰