AUSTRALOVENATOR WINTONENSIS "BANJO"
Australovenator wintonensis (Hocknull et al. 2009)
Winton’s Southern Hunter
Winton Formation, central western Queensland
Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) 100-98 million years ago
Approximately 5 m long
Approximately 1.5 m high at the hip
Approximately 500 kgs
Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History (AAOD)
Holotype specimen (AODF 604): Nine isolated teeth; left dentary (lower jaw); right and left dorsal (trunk) ribs and rib fragments; right and left gastralial (stomach) ribs and fragments; partial right ilium (pelvis); both ulnae (forearm bone); right radius (forearm bone); manus metacarpals (finger bones), hand phalanges and unguals (claws); right femur (thigh bone); both tibiae (shin bones); right fibula (shin bones); right astragalus (ankle bone); pes metatarsals (foot bones), foot phalanges and unguals (claws). Additional material awaits preparation.
Silhouette reconstruction of Banjo showing articulation of fossil specimens described to date (from Hocknull et al. 2009).
BANJO, WINTON'S SOUTHERN HUNTER
of Banjo’s bones have revealed that Australovenator shared many
features with primitive allosaurs, whilst also possessing features
found in a more advanced theropod group, called the carcharodontosaurids.
Scott A. Hocknullª, Mathew A. Whiteº, Travis R. Tischlerº,
Alex G. Cookª, Naomi D. Callejaº, Trish Sloanº, David A.
Received May 15, 2009; Accepted June 20, 2009; Published July 3, 2009