Stratigraphic range: Late Albian-Early Turonian
|Unit of||Rolling Downs Group|
|Underlies||Unconformity with Quaternary Lake Eyre Basin sediments|
|Overlies||Mackunda Formation, Oodndatta Formation|
|Thickness||<100 m (330 ft) at the margin|
1,200 m (3,900 ft) in the centre
|Primary||Sandstone, siltstone, claystone|
|Named for||Winton, Queensland|
|Location||Bores in and around Winton|
Formation distribution within Australia
The formation is a rock unit that blankets large areas of central-western Queensland. It consists of sedimentary rocks such as sandstone, siltstone and claystone. The sediments that make up these rocks represent the remnants of the river plains that filled the basin left by the Eromanga Sea - an inland sea that covered large parts of Queensland and central Australia at least four times during the Early Cretaceous. Great meandering rivers, forest pools and swamps, creeks, lakes and coastal estuaries all left behind different types of sediment.
In some areas, the Winton Formation is over 400 metres thick. To bring with them such a huge amount of sediment, the rivers that flowed across these plains must have been comparable in size to the present-day Amazon or Mississippi rivers. As more and more sediment was brought in, the margins of the inland sea slowly contracted. By around 95 million years ago, the deposition was complete and the inland sea would never be seen again.
By virtue of its age and the environmental conditions under which the rocks it consists of were deposited, the Winton Formation represents one of the richest sources of dinosaur fossils anywhere in Australia.
A fossil footprint-(ichnite), Wintonopus, found with two other dinosaur genera footprints at the Lark Quarry in Australia, c.f. Tyrannosauropus and Skartopus, have been found in the Winton Formation. The crocodyliform Isisfordia duncani was also found.
|Dinosaurs of the Winton Formation|
|A. wintonensis||Partial skeleton||A lightweight predatory megaraptoran theropod 6 meters (20 ft) long.|
|Wintonotitan ||W. wattsi||Partial skeleton||A giant herbivorous titanosaurian sauropod.|
|D. matildae||Partial skeleton||A giant, stocky herbivorous titanosaurian sauropod about 15–16 metres (49–52 ft) in length.|
|S. elliotorum||Partial skeleton||A giant herbivorous titanosaurian sauropod about 15 metres (49 ft) in length.|
|Ankylosauria||Indeterminate||3 Isolated teeth from left and right dentary and right maxilla|
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