Named By: Heber Longman - 1926.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda.
Species: R. brownei (type).
Size: Estimated 12-15 meters long.
Known locations: Australia, Queensland - Hutton Sandstone Formation.
Time period: Bajocian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial remains including ribs, rear limbs, ischium, partial pubis, caudal and dorsal vertebrae, small amount of cervical vertebrae. Other specimens have been found since initial discovery.
was the first sauropod
dinosaur discovered in Australia, and for a long time it
was one of only two sauropods, the other being Austrosaurus,
have come from there. In 2009 two other sauropods called Diamantinasaurus
were named, although all four are only represented by
Although it is widely thought that Rhoetosaurus comes from the Bajocian period, there is some uncertainty to this.
- A giant dinosaur from Durham Downs, Queensland - Heber A. Longman - 1926.
- The giant dinosaur Rhoetosaurus brownei - Heber A. Longman - 1927.
- New anatomical information on Rhoetosaurus brownei Longman, 1926, a gravisaurian sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic of Queensland, Australia. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32 (2): 369–94. - Jay P. Nair & Steven W. Salisbury - 2012.