Temporal range: Lower Cretaceous, 100 mya
Hocknull et al., 2009
The fossil bones of the dinosaur was found at an ancient billabong near Winton, Queensland. Scientists have called him "Banjo", after the famous Australian poet, Banjo Patterson. Patterson wrote the song Waltzing Matilda after a visit to Winton in 1885.
"Banjo" was a medium-sized, fast, canivorous (meat eating) dinosaur with three large, sharp claws on each hand. It stood about two meters tall. Dinosaur expert Scott Hocknull described Australovenator wintonensis as being like a cheetah.
A phylogenetic analysis found Australovenator to be an allosauroid carnosaur. More detailed studies found that it formed a clade with several other carcharodontosaurid-like allosaurs, the Neovenatoridae.
- Hocknull, Scott A. et al (2009). "New mid-Cretaceous (latest Albian) dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia". PLoS ONE 4 (7): e6190. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006190. PMC 2703565. PMID 19584929.
- "BBC NEWS". news.bbc.co.uk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8131915.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- "Three new dinosaurs found in westen Queensland". brisbanetimes.com.au. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/three-new-dinosaurs-found-in-winton-20090703-d77l.html. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- Benson R.B.J. et al (2010). "A new clade of archaic large-bodied predatory dinosaurs (Theropoda: Allosauroidea) that survived to the latest Mesozoic". Naturwissenschaften 97 (1): 71–78. doi:10.1007/s00114-009-0614-x. PMID 19826771.