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 as 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 palaeontologists 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 Iquanadon,
this herbivorous 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, so ugly
long before our feathered bird friends had 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 mega fauna – no yawning
when giant kangaroos were rather quite widespread.


Note: A re post for Clive Palmer, the billionaire Australian who is going to construct the Titanic 2 and the world’s largest dinosaur park in Queensland. He is also very close to winning the Federal seat of Fairfax (it’s so close that the votes are being counted for a third time) as the leader of his new political party PUP (Palmer United Party).

Fun times in Australia! If only he had stopped at dinosaurs 😉

Nuddernote: image from google searches (media image)

15 thoughts on “Prehistoric Aussies Rule

  1. Love this poem Gabrielle (and Muttaburrasaurus langdoni is one of my favourite names). Clive is certainly all shades of madness … the current state of Australian politics is cause for great concern … at least it gives us good material to work with.

    1. It slides off the tongue the old Muttaburrasaurus langdoni does Tracey – hahaha He is an enigma is Clive – I wouldn’t underestimate him at all – you don’t get to be a billionaire by accident – he doesn’t quite fit easily into any political categories.

    1. Yes, it would be fantastic to be able to travel back in time (from a safe vantage point of course) and get a real feel for how big they were Juliet 🙂 Unfortunately, I have a feeling dinosaurs will win over humans in the longevity race.

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