﹛﹛A huge dinosaur discovered in Australia＊s outback has been identified as a new species and is one of the largest ever found in the world. The announcement comes more than a decade after cattle farmers first discovered bones of the animal.
﹛﹛The Australotitan cooperensis, part of the titanosaur family that lived about 100 million years ago, has finally been named and described 15 years after its bones were first uncovered.
﹛﹛It is estimated to have stood at 5-6.5 metres (16-21 feet) high and measured 25-30 metres (82-98 feet) in length 每 which would make it Australia＊s biggest dinosaur.
﹛﹛※Based on the preserved limb size comparisons, this new titanosaur is estimated to be in the top five largest in the world,§ said Robyn Mackenzie, a director of the Eromanga Natural History Museum.
﹛﹛The fossilised bones were found on Mackenzie＊s family farm in 2006 about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) west of Brisbane in the Eromanga Basin and nicknamed ※Cooper.§
﹛﹛Staff member Rochelle Lawrence poses with a giant fossilized bone at the Eromanga Natural History Museum in Eromanga, Queensland, Australia, dated March 19, 2014, released on June 8, 2021. (The Eromanga Natural History Museum via AFP)
﹛﹛Initially kept secret as scientists painstakingly dug up and studied the bones, the skeleton first went on display to the public in 2007.
﹛﹛Scott Hocknull, a paleontologist at Queensland Museum, said it had been a ※very long and painstaking task§ to confirm the Australotitan was a new species.
﹛﹛The research, which relied on 3D scan models of bones to compare the dinosaur with its close relatives, was published in the peer-reviewed PeerJ journal Monday.
﹛﹛Numerous other dinosaur skeletons have been found in the same area, Hocknull said, adding that more work was needed as ※discoveries like this are just the tip of the iceberg.§
﹛﹛Turkey welcomed the United Nations court’s decision to uphold a life sentence for Ratko Mladic for his part in the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina, saying that it was the correct move, although it would not reduce the pain of the relatives of the victims.
﹛﹛The Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Mladic 每 also known as the “butcher of Bosnia” 每 to life in prison in 2017 for the genocide he committed and atrocities against humanity along with violation of the law of war.
﹛﹛Noting that he unsuccessfully appealed his conviction and the court upheld his life sentence Tuesday, the statement said the court made the right decision in the interest of justice.
﹛﹛The statement said Turkey hopes the ruling will advance peace and reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the region and contribute to the prevention of such crimes in the future.
﹛﹛Mladic was once Europe’s most wanted man after his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.
﹛﹛He was commander of the Army of Republika Srpska, which was established in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the beginning of the country’s civil war amid the breakup of Yugoslavia.
﹛﹛He and the forces under his command committed genocide in Bosnia 每 particularly in Srebrenica, resulting in Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II 每 after Serb forces overran an enclave that was supposed to be under the protection of U.N. peacekeepers.
﹛﹛Mladic is also known for his forces’ bloody 1,425-day siege of Sarajevo, the longest against a capital city in the history of modern warfare.
﹛﹛After the end of the war with the Dayton Accords signed on Nov. 21, 1995, Mladic became a fugitive for over a decade.
﹛﹛A 15-year manhunt ended in 2011 when Mladic was found and handed over to the ICTY for trial, which began on May 16, 2012, and ended with summations in December 2016.
﹛﹛The more-than-500-day trial called 591 witnesses and saw nearly 10,000 pieces of evidence accepted by the court.
﹛﹛Mladic was born on March 12, 1942, in the Kalinovik area of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
﹛﹛He trained at the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) Military Academy in Belgrade. He first served in the JNA, then in the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), which was established in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Yugoslavia broke apart.
﹛﹛The VRS was founded at the beginning of the war in Bosnia on May 12, 1992, and Mladic was its commander. JNA forces in Bosnia were also converted to VRS units.