a plant-eating ornithopod dinosaur, maybe a rhabdodontid, from the Early Cretaceous of Australia.
Bartholomai and Molnar (1981
(Langdon's Muttaburra lizard)Etymology
is derived from "Muttaburra" (the Queensland township where its first fossils were found) and the Greek "saurus" (lizard).
The species epithet
, honors paleontologist Doug Langdon.
The first fossils of Muttaburrasaurus
were discovered in the
Mackunda Formation at Rosebury Downs Station beside Thompson River, near Muttaburra, Queensland, Australia, by Doug Langdon in 1963.
(QM F6140) partial skeleton with skull and lower jaws.
: Early Cretaceous
: 112-110 mya
Est. max. length
: 8 meters
Est. max. hip height
: 2.5 meters
Est. max. weight
: 3 tons
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AlbianeCenomanian) Winton Formation of Lark Quarry, central-western
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