Named By: Scott Hocknull et al. - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Titanosauriformes.
Species: W. wattsi (type).
Size: Estimated 15 meters long.
Known locations: Australia, Queensland, Winton Formation.
Time period: Albian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton.
were the first major sauropod
in Australia since the discovery of Austrosaurus
earlier. In fact when the first fossils of Wintonotitan
they were actually taken to be further remains of Austrosaurus.
Although Wintonotitan and Diamantinasaurus
are of comparable size and
from the same area, Wintonotitan is more lightly
of the skeleton of Wintonotitan is still missing,
including the hind
legs, skull and cervical (neck) vertebrae. There is however enough of
the skeleton to identify Wintonotitan as a basal
The type specimen is named after the discoverer of the Wintonotitan remains, Keith Watts, who subsequently donated them to the Queensland Museum in 1974. Wintonotitan is also known as 'Clancy', after the Banjo Patterson poem 'Clancy of the Overflow'. Two other dinosaurs from the same area and described in the same year, Diamantinasaurus and Australovenator, have the nicknames 'Matilda' and 'Banjo' respectively, in honour of the poet and his work.
- New Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia - Scott A. Hocknull, Matt A. White, Travis R. Tischler, Alex G. Cook, Naomi D. Calleja, Trish Sloan & David A. Elliott - 2009.