Dinosaurs of Australia

Translated title of the contribution: Dinosaurs of Australia and other animals of the Mesozoic Era

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The first dinosaur bones found in Australia came from the north-eastern coast of Queensland. These were collected by the crew of HMS Fly in 1844. This book is the first complete record of dinosaurs in Australia, dating back to that initial discovery. The word 'dinosaur' comes from the Greek meaning 'terrible lizard'. In the evolutionary sense they are more advanced animals than contemporary lizards or other reptiles. Palaeontologists now believe that all living birds are actually descendants from one family of small agile carnivorous dinosaurs. They ruled the Earth for over 150 million years, being the most successful group of backboned animals to have ever lived on land. What did they look like? What did they eat? How did they survive in cold climates in some parts of Australia? John Long answers these and other questions and explorest he world of Australian Dinosaurs. He also includes other interesting animals; amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals which lived in Australia at the same time as the Dinosaurs.
Translated title of the contributionDinosaurs of Australia and other animals of the Mesozoic Era
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationChatswood, N.SW
PublisherReed Books
Number of pages86
ISBN (Print)0730103331, 9780730103332
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Bibliographical note

Reprinted 1993.


  • dinosaurs
  • Australia
  • plesiosaurs
  • ichthyosaurs
  • temnospondyls
  • amphibians
  • reptiles


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