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(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.

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

An habitually four-footed creature.

(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 and Bannikov in 1983. The type species is Q. orientalis.

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

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

A pterosaur named after the Mexican deity Quetzalcoatl, who was an Aztec god taking the form of a feathered snake.

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.