Three New Dinosaurs Discovered in Australia

Artistic representations of the three dinosaur taxa. Australovenator wintonensis (top); Wintonotitan wattsi (middle); Diamantinasaurus matildae (bottom). Image credit: T. Tischler, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History/PLOS One

Artistic representations of the three dinosaur taxa. Australovenator wintonensis (top); Wintonotitan wattsi (middle); Diamantinasaurus matildae (bottom). Image credit: T. Tischler, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History/PLOS One

The fossilized remains of three new dinosaurs were discovered in Australia, as reported in the journal PLOS One.  Dinosaur remains are rare in Australia, but this find puts Australia back on the map.  The discovery includes two plant-eating giants and one velociraptor-like predator.  These fossils were found in Australia’s Winton Formation, an area that many paleontologists thought had untapped potential.

Australovenator wintonensis, while similar to Velociraptor, was bigger and should help illuminate the development of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs, the carcharodontosaurs.  The two plant-eating theropods, Witonotitan wattsi and Diamantinasaurus matildae, are different kinds of titanosaurs (the largest dinosaurs ever to have lived).  Witonotitan was a more giraffe-like species, while Diamantinasaurus was more hippo-like.

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