Genus: Athabascasaurus DRUCKENMILLER & MAXWELL, 2010
Etymology: In reference to the Athabasca River, which runs through Athabasca Oil Sands Area, where the type specime was collected and Greek, sauros, "reptile or lizard."

Species: bitumineus DRUCKENMILLER & MAXWELL, 2010
Etymology: Latin, bitumineus refers to the tar or pitch that impregnates the bone and the fact it was recovered in an oli sands mine.

Holotype: RTMP 2009.29.01

Locality: West side of the Syncrude Canada Ltd., base mine near Mildred lake: UTM Zone 12, 6317135.0N, 459565.0E (North American Datum 1983 (NAD 83)), 35 km north of Fort McMurray, 56°59'45"N, 111°40'02"W, Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta Province, Canada.

Horizon: Wabiskaw Member, Clearwater Formation.


Age: Lower Albian Stage, Middle Gallic Subepoch, Upper Early Cretaceous Epoch, Early Cretaceous.

Material: Nearly complete skull preserved in dorsal view, missing the premaxilla and anterior half of the lower jaw, complete articulated presacral axial skeleton and anterior caudal series, portions of the right scapula, coracoid and articulated pelvic girdle.