Muttaburrasaurus langdoni 

Muttaburrasaurus langdoni was a genus of Rhabdodontide, Iguanodontian, found in the lower Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Winton Formation of north east Queensland.

ETYMOLOGY: Found in Muttaburra by Doug Langdon
GEOLOGY: Winton Formation, north east Queensland
AGE: Earliest Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) 98–95 million years ago

DISCOVERY

M. langdoni was discovered by Doug Langdon in Muttaburra in 1963.

M. langdoni was a genus of herbivorous ornithopod dinosaur, which lived in what is now north east Australia approximately 95 million years ago. This specimen is housed at the Queensland Museum. While debate still surrounds its classification, current analysis has suggested M. langdoni is a member of the iguanodontian family Rhabdodontidae. After Kunbarrasaurus ieversi it is Australia’s most known dinosaur from skeletal remains. Reconstructed skeleton casts of Muttaburrasaurus langdoni are on display at a number of museums, including the Queensland Museum in Brisbane QldFlinders Discovery Centre in Hughenden Qld and National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra ACT. 

Left: Bones of Muttaburrasaurus langdoni representing 60% of the giant ornithopod skeleton (image by Laurie Beirne). Middle: Muttaburrasaurus langdoni skull. Right: Muttaburrasaurus langdoni left ulna or forearm bone. 

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION WE RECOMMEND READING... 

Scientific papers, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni. 

WikipediaMuttaburrasaurus langdoni. 

Australian Museum, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni.

For more information read an excerpt from "The Muttaburra Lizard" (1.54mb) by Libby Cannon found in AAOD Journal, Issue 4

 

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