Prehistoric Aussies Rule

Prehistoric Aussies Rule

Well I wonder just how scary the Australian landscape was
when the dinosaurs and other beasties roamed?
I suppose it would depend upon your muscles, teeth and claws –
I see Leaellynasaura shaking in her bones,

and the small Coelurosaur was the fastest on two legs
but needed more when fleeing predators!
The ferocious Allosaur could rip Labyrinthodont to shreds
when the amphibian came foolishly to shore.

Minmi paravertebra was little as a cow
but had bony plated armour under skin.
This made it hard for carnivores to sink their teeth right down,
so they’d move along – they knew they couldn’t win.

There was also a giant sauropod, herbivorous they say,
a gentle long necked, quadruped so high.
The paleontologists must have been having a bad day
when they called it Rhoetosaurus brownei.

Now the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni is a good name
to suit a creature – much like an Iquanadon,
this herbivous ornithopod’s bones have made its fame,
found near Muttaburra by a grazier, Doug Langdon.

I haven’t even touched upon the oceanic beings,
Kronosaurus queenslandicus and foe.
Long time ago the middle of Australia was all sea
and the place was just as dangerous, don’t you know!

The one I love the very most has shades of modern dolphin,
Platypterigius australia is its name.
I know, you’ll say the pronunciation is difficult to pin
and the platypus is nowhere in the game.

Above the land and sea flew winged reptiles, ugly,
long before the feathered birds emerged.
The Pterosaur cruised right along air currents, smugly
swooping down to snatch up fish on which to splurge.

Well that’s enough of prehistoric Aussies, for this day,
I hope those names are sinking in your head.
Tomorrow we will cover megafauna – no yawning –
when giant kangaroos were quite widespread .

27 thoughts on “Prehistoric Aussies Rule

  1. Note: this poem has given me a headache – haha. Please notify me if I have made a technical error in relation to said dinosaurs – I know very little on the subject, other than what my kids have taught me and the info I got from ‘how to draw Australian dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals’ by Steve Parish and some stuff from wikipedia. I was trying to upload a drawing Tessa did of a Muttaburrasaurus but the stupid software stuffed up and wouldn’t allow me to copy it – aargh (it’s a great picture). I also wrote it to the melody of ‘a policemans lot is not a happy one’ – well roughly anyhow.

  2. HI GB… What a wonderful romp among my relatives! Seriously, this could be used as the basis for a Dinosaur unit in schools! So many research challenges and a good way to remember the names apart from being a clever and well written poem. Excellent!

    • Relatives – haha. Stafford, all these new dinosaur discoveries makes it very hard to keep up – lucky Tessa is mad about dinosaurs (I learned all I knew growing up about dinosaurs from The Flintstones – yabadabbadoo!!!!!)

  3. I am super impressed Gabrielle. A truly inspired rhythm and meter and obviously very keenly researched. The best poems are the ones that create headaches 🙂 but I think you have shown beyond doubt that the reader doesn’t need to share them with the writer. I should add a couple more adjectives like fun and educational. Keep them coming!

  4. Now that we have good sunscreen and moisturizer we dinosaurs look much better than in the days of old. I loved this Gabrielle and my daughter loved it especially because she was a dino nut when she was smaller. This poem needs to be in a CLASSROOM! 😉 Just a suggestion.

  5. Fantastic … and lots of fun to read (even if I’m guessing on how to pronounce some of those names) … haha! 😉

    Those must have been scary times back then with all those critters roaming about … you’ve made me miss my days spent studying science Gabrielle.

    • Thanks Tracey – I miss learning all that stuff as well (I’m not sure about the pronunciation as well – can you believe there is a dinosaur called Leaellynasaura – must be named after a paleontologist with the first name Lea-allyna – haha!

  6. wow, i showed this to my nephew who is a dinosaur/mysterious species enthusiast, and he enjoyed it. he hadnt heard of some, so went looking for more info, and also went searching for any more unusual animal stuff, and was happy to find the frogs, birds, swans, kangaroos as well. i think its great fun, and it worked some magic on him! he now very much wants to visit australia. he just thought it was too cool to have kangaroos around the neighborhood, ha ha. fun and informative, nice work gabrielle!

    • That’s awesome tipota – inspiring the younger generation and boosting the tourism industry – what could be better! Queensland (the State I live in) is having a bit of a dinosaur boom – they have found so many new species (if that’s the right word) in the last decade. Some have been assemble in the Brisbane museum. Tessa saw the Muttaburrasaurus not long ago – huge real skeleton.

  7. I agree that this would be fantastic in a school situation. I saw an exhibition at the Australian Museum on the Aussie dinosaurs and it was brilliant. Your poem would have fitted in nicely!

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