[N] 2009 Wintonotitan - Diamantinasaurus - Australovenator
Hocknull S.A., White M.A., Tischler T.R., Cook A.G., Calleja N.D., SLoan, T. & Elliott, D.A. (2009) New MidCretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia. PLoS ONE 4(7): e6190. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006190
Abstract: Australia’s dinosaur fossil record is extremely poor relative to faunas recovered from similar-sized land-masses (e.g. North America, South America and Africa). This poor record is in spite of extensive Mesozoic-aged sedimentary basins being available across the continent and dinosaur remains having been found in most of these; in particular those of Early Cretaceous age. Recent exploration and discoveries in central Queensland’s mid-Cretaceous Winton Formation have yielded numerous new fossil sites with enormous potential for the discovery of new dinosaurian taxa. Previous excavations have yielded many specimens, however, very few elements are considered to be associated to a single individual or taxon, thus making identification and description of taxa difficult. Intensive excavations between 2006 and 2009 in central Queensland by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History and the Queensland Museum has yielded large quantities of well-preserved dinosaur fossils along with the remains of other contemporaneous fauna and flora.We report on two sites in particular that have yielded the remains of three individual dinosaur skeletons representing three distinct taxa; two new sauropods and a new theropod – the most complete theropod skeleton so far found in Australia.