Mary the sauropod was named in honour of Dr Mary Wade, a former Curator of Palaeontology at Queensland Museum, now living at Hughenden. In some way or another Dr Wade has been involved in nearly every major dinosaur discovery that has taken place in western Queensland over the last 30 years. Many of the sauropod finds made in the Winton District, including Elliot, would never have come to light if it were not for her efforts. 

Along with Dr Tony Thulborn, Dr Wade described the world's only known dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry, 115 km southwest of Winton, in the late 70s and early 80s. The trackways are exposed in a small quarry, and include over 3000 footprints made by at least 150 individual dinosaurs 98-95 million years ago.