Scientists discover species of dinosaur the size of a turkey

An artist's impression of Diluvicursor pickeringi foraging on the bank of a river in the Australian-Antarctic rift valley.

Story highlights

  • The discovery tells more about how Australia and Antarctica were once connected
  • Diluvicursor pickeringi was roughly the size of a turkey, but its tail would have made it about 7½ feet

(CNN)Scientists have discovered a species of dinosaur that roamed between Australia and Antarctica 113 million years ago.

The discovery of Diluvicursor pickeringi, published Thursday in the biological and medical journal Peer J, tells us more about how Australia and Antarctica were once connected and the different kinds of dinosaurs that lived there.
"Skeletons of dinosaurs from Australia are very rare," Matthew Herne, the lead paleontologist on the study, wrote in an email. This discovery shows for the first time that there were at least two closely related dinosaur species living in southeastern Australia.