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Re: place names and fossils

On Mar 31, 2007, at 3:45 PM, Dann Pigdon wrote:

Adrienne Mayor wrote:

Bruce is right--The interesting tales on this website suggest "ancestral memories" in oral traditions dating back to the Ice Age when humans coexisted with giant beavers the size of black bears.

It's thought that Australian aboriginal legends of the 'bunyip' may be describing some sort of diprotodontid.


--Some Aborigine people were shown drawing of scientific restorations of Diprotodon: they said it looked like a Bunyip, and they also identified the fossils as "Bunyip bones." Diprotodon lived in Australia until about 10,000 years ago, and its appearance seems to match descriptions of the Bunyip.