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Austrosaurus mckillopi by SpinoInWonderland Austrosaurus mckillopi by SpinoInWonderland
Austrosaurus mckillopi

Temporal Range: 98-95 Ma
Length: ~15 meters?
Height: ~4.1 meters at the shoulder

Etymology: Mackillop's southern reptile

Austrosaurus was a sauropod dinosaur from the Allaru Mudstone, from the early Cretaceous (98-95 million years ago) of Central-Western Queensland in Australia.

The remains were discovered by Mr. H.B. Wade on Clutha Station near Maxwelton in north Queensland in 1932, who alerted the station manager H. Mackillop, who showed his brother who sent them to the Queensland Museum. Austrosaurus was described by Heber Longman in 1933.

In 1999, on a property near Winton in Central West Queensland, Australia, grazier Dave Elliott found a sauropod femur belonging to what turned out to be the largest dinosaur discovered in Australia to that date, which was nicknamed 'Elliot'. At the Winton find, a right femur and portions of several ribs have so far been uncovered. A smaller sauropod, nicknamed 'Mary', after Dr Mary Wade, has also been uncovered. Early indications are that they are closely related to Austrosaurus mackillopi and either in the same or closely related genus.

On 3 May 2007, bones from the remains of two huge titanosaurs which were uncovered in 2004 near Eromanga in South West Queensland went on display at the Queensland Museum, in Brisbane. This find was described by the ABC news service as the largest bones now discovered to date in Australia, eclipsing 'Elliot'.

Fossil finds suggest a height of approximately ~3.9 metres at the hip and ~4.1 metres at the shoulder, which would have given it an almost level back.

Initially, Austrosaurus was considered a cetiosaurid, like Patagosaurus or Shunosaurus. However, a recent reappraisal of material by Ralph Molnar has found that it, and the newer remains of 'Eliot', are titanosaurid, as various features on the vertebrae show.
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Mirraxsis Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
Awesome Image. Any objection to me featuring it on my dinosaur information library website I am setting up. I would love to have your permission to use it on the site. Please let me know if it's possible, would really appreciate it!
SpinoInWonderland Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018
Go ahead, but I would say that this image is, well, quite dated.
Mirraxsis Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Thank you so much. I will give you full credit under the image once the image gets put on the site. Still building it at the moment. But thank you again. Really appreciate it!
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that face
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