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QANTASSAURUS

(pronounced KWAN-tuh-SAWR-us) Qantassaurus (named for the Australian airline, Qantas, which helped transport the fossil) was a plant-eating dinosaur found in Victoria, Australia. This ornithopod had large eyes and a long tail. It was the size of a small kangaroo. It is known from a skeleton and a partial skull that dates from about 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period. Qantassaurus was named by Pat Vickers-Rich in 1997. The type species is Qantassaurus intrepidus.


QINLINGOSAURUS

(pronounced chin-ling-oh-SAWR-us) Qinlingosaurus was a dinosaur found in China and was named by Xue, Zhang and Bi in 1996.

QUADRUPED

Quadrupeds walk on four legs.


QUAESITOSAURUS

(pronounced kwee-SEE-toh-SAWR-us) Quaesitosaurus (meaning "abnormal or extraordinary lizard") was a long-necked, whip-tailed plant-eater with good hearing (it had a large resonating chamber in its middle ear). It was a large, diplodocid sauropod from the late Cretaceous period, roughly 85-80 million years ago. It is known only from a partial skull found in the southeastern Gobi desert, Mongolia. This environment was semi-arid during the Mesozoic Era. The skull is long with a wide snout and a large ear opening. The peg-like teeth are adapted for eating soft food, perhaps aquatic plants. Quaesitosaurus was named by Kurzanov & Bannikov in 1983. The type species is Q. orientalis.


QUAGGA

The Quagga is a recently-extinct relative of the zebra and the horse.


QUARTZ

Quartz is a common crystalline mineral.


QUATERNARY PERIOD

The Quaternary period, "The Age of Man" (1.8 million years ago to the present), is the most recent period of geological time.


QUETZALCOATLUS

Quetzalcoatlus (pronounced KET-sal-koh-AHT-lus) was a giant pterosaur from the late Cretaceous period, and the largest flying animal ever. It was named by Lawson in 1975. Classification: Pterodactyloidea, Azhdarchidae.


QUILMESAURUS

Quilmesaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period. Fossils (hind limb material) of this medium-sized theropod were found in the Allen formation in Patagonia, South America. Quilmesaurus was named by paleontologist R. Coria in 2001; the type species is Q. curriei.

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