Pronunciation: suh-VAN-ah-SOR-us Meaning: Savanna lizard Author/s: Poropat et al. (2016) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Queensland, Australia Chart Position: 755
(The Elliott's savanna lizard)EtymologySavannasaurus is derived from the Taino Spanish "zavana" (savanna), in reference to the countryside in which the specimen was found, and the Greek "sauros" (lizard).
The species epithet, elliottorum, honours the Elliott family for their ongoing contributions to Australian palaeontology.
DiscoveryThe remains of Savannasaurus were discovered at the "Ho-Hum Site" (AODL—Australian Age of Dinosaurs—Locality 82) in the Winton Formation, Belmont sheep station, Winton, Queensland, Australia, by grazier David Elliot while mustering his sheep in 2005.
The holotype (AODF660) consists of one neck vertebra, several neck ribs, eight back vertebrae, several back ribs, four hip vertebrae, five partial tail vertebrae, partial shoulder girdle, left and right breast plates, incomplete left and right upper arms, a partial lower arm (a shattered ulna and left radius), right metacarpals I–V, left metacarpal IV, two finger bones, a partial hip, a left ankle, right metatarsal III, and associated fragments.