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THE GEELONG BUNYIP

 

For instance, the Geelong Advertiser, of Victoria, Australia, reported in July, 1845 about the finding of unfossilised bone forming park of the knee joint of some gigantic animal. The paper reported showing it to a local Aboriginal person. He identified it immediately as a ?bunyip? bone, and unhesitatingly drew the picture reproduced left.

When the bone was shown to other Aboriginal people who ?had no opportunity of communicating with each other?, they all instantly recognised the bone and the picture as being of a ?bunyip?, a common word in some Aboriginal languages for a frightening monster. They gave detailed, consistent accounts of where a few people they had known had been killed by one of these. The creature was said to be amphibious, laid eggs, and from the descriptions, appeared to combine ?the characteristics of a bird and an alligator? - I.e. a bipedal reptile. (Note that no crocodiles or alligators are found in Australia except in the far north - Geelong is deep in the south). One of the Aboriginals, named Mumbowran, showed ?several deep wounds on his breast made by the claws of the animal?.

The description and sketch certainly fits well with some form of bipedal dinosaur.

A large number of Aboriginal stories of creatures of possible dinosaurian origin have been collected by Rex Gilroy, an evolutionist. Since we should be cautious about over-reliance on this particular source without independent confirmation, a large number of the ones he describes have been omitted. However, Burrunjor and Kulta, the accounts of which appear below, also feature in a book by zoologist Karl Shuker.