Qantassaurus – a real Aussie dinosaur

(kwon-tass-sore-us)

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Animatronic models of Qantassaurus.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Jaw bone of Qantassaurus intrepidus.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Jaw bone of Qantassaurus intrepidus.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Musuem Victoria

Cretaceous

HOW BIG IT WAS

Qantassaurus relative size depiction as described below
This fossil jaw is 5.5 cm long. Qantassaurus was up to 1.8 m long.

Qantassaurus was a type of small herbivorous dinosaur that lived in the forests of Victoria around 120 million years ago. They lived alongside a diversity of other dinosaurs, reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates. Qantassaurus was named after the airline Qantas in recognition of the company’s support of dinosaur research and education.

Qantassaurus had a beak-like mouth for nipping at vegetation, ridged teeth and muscular cheeks for chewing – a perfect combination for reducing fibrous ferns to a pulp. It ran on powerful legs using its long tail for balance.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Qantassaurus map

This fossil of Qantassaurus intrepidus was discovered in Victoria.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Cretaceous

PlatypterygiusMuttaburrasaurusKoolasuchusBishopsBlack coalBostrychoceras
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