I pretend it is a hundred million years ago, 1987

Jeannie Baker’s children’s picture-book, Where the Forest Meets the Sea, tells the story of a young boy’s imaginative engagement with the rainforest.

Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, 2009. Website masthead featuring Kronosaurus queenslandicus. The central importance of this specimen for the museum is indicated by its appearance in 2009 in side view in white on black on the masthead of its website.

Kronosaurus queenslandicus, 1958

Quentin Hole, Kronosaurus queenslandicus, 1958. Mural situated in the Richards Building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Oil on concrete, 12 x 6 feet. Photographs by Kerry Heckenberg, 2009


University of Queensland St Lucia, QLD

‘A look at Kronosaurus Queenslandicus’ – publicity for the University of Queensland Geology Museum mural, Courier-Mail, 6 June 1958

The newly unveiled Kronosaurus queenslandicus display in the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology viewed by Alfred S. Romer and a research assistant. From H.O. Fletcher, ‘A giant marine reptile from the cretaceous rocks of Queensland’, Australian museum magazine, 13/2, June 1959

The author and family members visiting Kronosaurus queenslandicus in the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in February 2001. Photograph by  Norman Heckenberg

Copyright © Norman Heckenberg

Sketch of the coasts of Australia and the supposed Entrance of the Great River, 1827

1 January 1827
13 October 2010
13 October 2010

Thomas J. Maslen, engraved by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, Sketch of the coasts of Australia and the supposed Entrance of the Great River, amended copy of map included in Maslen’s book The Friend of Australia, 1827. This map shows an imagined ‘Great River’ ending in a large delta in the centre of the continent. Subsequent exploration refuted this hypothesis, but this area was the site of the extensive Eromanga Sea in the Cretaceous Period, 110-100 million years ago, home to many creatures, including Kronosaurus.

Visiting the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology is a startling experience for many Queenslanders: pride of place in this American institution goes to an enormous (12.8 metre) skeleton

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