Other Australian Dinosaurs
This a list of other dinosaur genera known from Australia
that do not appear in the main section. I haven't got around to
reconstructing them yet, and many may be too fragmentary.
These genera, and those listed in the main index, are
summarised in a complete list of Australian
(MYA = Millian Years Ago)
Atlascopcosaurus loadsi (Rich and Rich 1989)
A hypsilophodontid about 1.2 m long. The
holotype is a maxilla fragment
with teeth, although other remains have
been classified as Atlascopcosaurus sp. It was named after the
mining company Atlas Copco that supplied the mining equipment
necessary to excavate the solid sandstone and mudstone of
and after William Loads who worked for the company at the time and
was a volunteer at the site. Found in southern Victoria
(Otway and Strzelecki ranges). Aptian/Albian 106-115 MYA.
Fulgurotherium australe (Von Huene 1932)
(Griman Creek Formation)
A hypsilophodontid perhaps 1 metre+ long known
mostly from limb bones. The holotypes (femora) were found in the opal fields of
Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. Material
referred to as Fulgurotherium sp has also been found in Southern
Victoria (Otway and Strzelecki ranges). Re-evaluation of Australian
hypsilophodontids may suggest that material designated as
Fulgarotherium may actually belong to at least four different
genera. Aptian/Albian 100-115 MYA.
Ozraptor subotaii (Long & Molnar 1998) UWA 82469
A possible theropod approximately 2 metres (6 feet) long from Western
Australia, based on a distal tibia. The name comes from the colloquial term
for Australia, "Oz", and from a character from the movie Conan the
Barbarian (a fast-running thief).
The articulation of the distal (lower) end of
the tibia, where it would have joined the ankle, is apparently quite
unique among theropods, although it is thought by some to exhibit
some of the characteristics of a basal dromaeosaur.
This is the first named dinosaur taxon from
Western Australia (Bringo railway cutting, 20km
east of Geraldton),
and the first Jurassic theropod from Australia. More recent evaluation may
cast doubt on it being definitely theropod.
Bajocian 170 MYA.
Walgettosuchus woodwardi (von Huene 1932)
(Griman Creek Formation)
This dinosaur is a nomen dubium, which means that the
name is of doubtful validity. It is based on a single caudal (tail)
vertebra from Lightning Ridge that is not particularly
diagnostic. It is probably a theropod, and with recent suggestions that
Rapator may be a large alvarezsaurid, it is possible that
Walgettosuchus and Rapator may be the same animal (they come
from the same formation). Early Cretaceous 100 MYA
The following are fragmentary remains that are not sufficient to
identify new species from.
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Teeth, ribs and dermal ossicles from the Strzelecki ranges, 115 MYA.
A partial neck vertebra (QM F6142) from Queensland
(Hughenden), Early Cretaceous. There is now doubt as to its possible
brachiosaurid status, although apparently other brachiosaur-like material
has since come to light (possibly the ?Titanosauriform dubbed "Elliot", see below).
Teeth from the Southern Victoria sites (Otway
and Strzelecki ranges), 106-115 MYA. Unlike the teeth of many northern
hemisphere dromaeosaurs, which have denticles (serrations) on both edges
of the tooth, the Victorian examples only have them on the inside (posterior)
edge. This pattern is also seen in the second maxillary teeth of
A partial humerus from Western Australia
(Giralia ranges) dating to the Late Cretaceous. It is poorly preserved
and there is some doubt as to its original classification. It could have
come from a small theropod with large arms (like a dromaeosaur), or perhaps
from a much larger theropod with reduced forelimbs. There has been some
suggestion that the humerus could possibly be from a therizinosaur.
A lower jaw fragment (right surangular, NMV P186386)
and perhaps a vertebra (NMV P186302) from Southern Victoria (Otway ranges),
106 MYA. For more information see the
a claw, pelvic fragment and caudal vertebra found at the Flat Rocks
site near Inverloch, Southern Victoria, dating to 115 MYA.
A single almost complete
ulna (P186385) from Southern Victoria
(Strzelecki ranges), Albian 115 MYA. It is similar that that of
Leptoceratops gracilis from the Late Cretaceous of Canada. For more
information see the reconstruction page.
Theropod incertae sedis (of uncertain position):
A partial manual (hand) claw from the
Flat Rocks site
that, if complete, would measure about 15 cm (6 inches) long. It has been
suggested it may be similar to that of spinosaurs or carcharodontosaurs.
A near complete sauropod skeleton, dubbed "Elliot". See the
information page for details.