Early Australians lived alongside giant killer lizards
Sep 25 2015
University of Queensland palaeoecologist Dr Gilbert Price said researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they found that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped.
Price reveals that they found evidence from a tiny fossil from a prehistoric giant lizard from a two feet deep excavation site in Capricorn Caves near Rockhampton which is a fossil rich site filled with millions of bones from thousands of prehistoric creatures. Measuring about one centimeter, the bone helped put together a picture of what the fearsome lizard looked like.
'The one-centimetre bone, an osteoderm, came from under the lizard's skin and is the youngest record of a giant lizard on the entire continent'.
It is believed to belong either to an ancient Komodo dragon or to a Megalania monitor lizard, a now extinct species that would grow to measure 6 meters (nearly 20 feet) from head to tail and weigh around 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).
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Human ancestors lived alongside Giant Apex Predator Lizards Study
Some of Australia's earliest human inhabitants may have had to deal with giant predator lizards that weighed up to half a tonne, Queensland researchers have found. The findings of the team were based on the discovery of the lizard fossils.
'It's been long-debated whether or not humans or climate change knocked off the giant lizards, alongside the rest of the megafauna, ' he continued.
As of now, humans can explain a part of the giant lizards' extinction, but there is still much information that scientists don't have.
The lizard bone was discovered within the Capricorn Caves, which caused the scientists to wonder how the bone made its way to such a unusual location in the first place.