Genus: Atlascopcosaurus RICH & VICKERS-RICH, 1989
Etymology: Named in honor of the Atlas Copco Corporation, which supplied the pneumatic tools and accessory equipment that enabled the excavations at Dinosaur Cove, and Greek, sauros, “lizard.”
= Atlascoplosaurus HAUBOLD, 1990 (sic)
= Atlascoposaurus WEISHAMPEL & HEINRICH, 1992 (sic)

Species: loadsi RICH & VICKERS-RICH, 1989
Etymology: In honor of William Loads in appreciation of his unfailing faith in the support for the Dinosaur Cove project.

Holotype: NMV P166409

Locality: Point Lewis, Victoria State, Australia.

Horizon: Eumeralla Formation, Otway Group.

Biostratigraphy:

Age: Latest Aptian-early Albian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.

Material: Left maxilla fragment with one erupted cheek tooth and 3 unerupted cheek teeth which have been exposed by removal of the enclosing bone.

A) Type, NMV P166409; B) NMV P157390; C) NMV P182967.

A) Laterial view of an unerupted tooth; B) Laterial view of erupted tooth.

Referred material:

NMV P157390: Left maxilla with 7 cheek teeth.

 

Locality: Dinosaur Cove West, Victoria State, Australia.

Horizon: Eumeralla Formation, Otway Group.

Biostratigraphy:

Age: Latest Aptian-early Albian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.

Material:

NMV P177934: Isolated left lower cheek tooth.

 


Locality: Dinosaur Cove East, Victoria State, Australia.

Horizon: Eumeralla Formation, Otway Group.

Biostratigraphy:

Age: Latest Aptian-early Albian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.

Material:

NMV P181679: Isolated left upper cheek tooth.

NMV P182967: Left dentary fragment with 11 empty alveoli along the buccal margin and 3 unerupted teeth lingual to them.

NMV P185970: Left maxilla fragment with 10 empty alveoli along the buccal margin and 3 unerupted teeth lingual to them.

 


Locality: Slippery Rock, Victoria State, Australia.

Horizon: Eumeralla Formation, Otway Group.

Biostratigraphy:

Age: Latest Aptian-early Albian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.

Material:

NMV P181677: An isolated, left upper cheek tooth of a juvenile missing the crown posterior to the primary ridge.

NMV P186003: Isolated left lower cheek tooth.

NMV P186847: Right anterior, dentary fragment with tips of 3 unerupted teeth visible.

NMV P187116: Isolated right upper cheek tooth.

 

= cf. Atlascopcosaurus loadsi HERNE, NAIR, EVANS & TAIT, 2019

Locality: Flat Rocks fossil vertebrate site, 38°39’40+-02”S, 145°40’52+-03”E (World Geodetic Standard, 1984) on the shore platform of the Bunurong Marine Park, Victoria State, Australia.

Horizon: Wonthaggi Formation, Strzelecki Group.

Biostratigraphy:

Age: Early Aptian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Late Early Cretaceous.

Material:

NMV P208133: Partial right maxilla with erupted dentition.