Named By: Scott Kocknull et al. - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neovenatoridae, Megaraptora.
Species: A. wintonensis (type).
Size: Estimated 6 meters long.
Known locations: Australia, Queensland, Winton Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton, partial left dentary (lower jaw bone).
of Australovenator is missing but the parts which
are known show a
lightweight and fast carnivore that could run down its prey. Study of
the fossils have also brought similarities and comparisons between
from Japan, and Megaraptor from South America,
and for this reasons Australovenator is usually
termed as a megaraptoran
Australovenator was given the nickname 'Banjo', in reference to the Australian poet Banjo Patterson. References to Banjo and his works were also made for the sauropod dinosaurs Wintonotitan and Diamantinasaurus, both also from the Winton Formation and named in the same year as Australovenator.
- New mid-Cretaceous (latest Albian) dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia. - PLoS ONE 4(7):e6190: 1-51. - S. A. Hocknull, M. A. White, T. R. Tischler, A. G. Cook, N. D. Calleja, T. Sloan & D. A. Elliot - 2009.
- New Forearm Elements Discovered of Holotype Specimen Australovenator wintonensis from Winton, Queensland, Australia. - In Dodson, Peter. PLoS ONE 7 (6). - M. A. White, A. G. Cook, S. A. Hocknull, T. Sloan, G. H. K. Sinapius & D. A. Elliot - 2012.
- Morphological comparisons of metacarpal I for Australovenator wintonensis and Rapator ornitholestoides: Implications for their taxonomic relationships. - Alcheringa: an Australasian Journal of Palaeontology: 1. - M. A. White, P. L. Falkingham, A. G. Cook, S. A. Hocknull & D. A. Elliot - 2013.