Profile of an Australovenator in a forest


Australovenator is the most complete skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Australia. It was described in 2009 as light of weight and built for speed, and placed in a brand new genus of theropod dinosaur. This was Australia's first really big predator, about six metres long and actually a medium-sized cousin of the Allosaurus. The partial skeleton was found at the bottom of a billabong near the town of Winton, Queensland. Close by was the skeleton of a large sauropod dinosaur. It's tempting to think that the Australovenator may have been eating the carcass when it got stuck in the mud and couldn't get out.

Scientific name: Australovenator

Rank: Genus

Common names:

southern hunter

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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