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Qantassaurus lived close to the South Pole, Qantassaurus' large eyes may have helped this herbivore to see better during months of darkness each winter. Qantassaurus lived in Australia during the Cretaceous period. The most famous member of the Qantassaurus is Quinn.


Qantassaurus was discovered on 27 February 1996, during the third annual field season of the dinosaur dreaming project, a dig jointly run by Monash university and the Nathinal museum of Victoria. the dig occurs on the beach of the Bunurong Marine Park at the intertidal site known as Flat Rock, near inerloch, in southeastern Victoria, Australia. the rock outcrops at this site are part of the Wonthaggi Formation of the Strzelecki group, which during the Aptian stage were deposited in floodplains with braided river channels. the holotype specimen, NMVP199075, A fifty-six millietres long single left dentary of the lower jaw, containing ten teeth, was found by Mrs Nicole Evered, a long time participant of the dig. two other jaws, specimens NMV P198962, a left dentary, and NMV P199087, a right dentary, found at the same site the same year have also been tentatively associated with, or referred to, the species.

it was named Qantassaurus iintrepidus by Patricia Vickers-Rich and tom rhich, in honor of the Queensland and Northern Territory Air service, which shipped fossils around the country as part of the great Russuan Dinosaurs Exibit between 1993 and 1996, and sponsored expeditions toSouth America and Eastern Europe. QANTAS is an acronym, which is why a u does not follow the q in Qantassaurus. The specific name means "intrepid" in Latin, referring to the climatic challenges the small dinosaur had to face.

In popular culture

  • Qantassaurus appeared on Dinosaur Train.


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