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Re: place names and fossils
Adrienne Mayor writes:
* It would be wonderful if some paleontologists and linguists/ folklorists
would collaborate on an article or a book about Aboriginal fossil legends
before it's too late!
I've heard that theropod trackways in Western Australia were attributed to
giant dream-time emus by the local inhabitants. They weren't all that far
off the mark.
The book "Kadimakara: Extinct Vertebrates of Australia" is named after
aboriginal mythology. There is an aboriginal legend about the Kadimakara;
"monsters" that once lived in a huge canopy of trees that covered central
Australia. When the trees disappeared, the Kadimakara wandered about in the
desert until they died at Lake Eyre, where their bones can still be found.
The legend hints at the vast inland forests and lakes that filled
Australia's now arid centre where all kinds of animals once lived, from
mammalian megafauna to fresh-water dolphins and flamingoes.
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