Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld.

: 1885 - 1954), Saturday 30 December 1950, page 5
lived in Cretaceous times of areas Western vast covered Queensland by the were ancient sea. dragon-lizards The Komodo Aus doubtless were derived from tralia, they most olosely re being lated to our extinct monstors. The early ancestors of the goanas very and other living monitor lizards flourished 100 million years ago— during the later part ot the Age of Reptiles.
when

long,

WILD NATURE'S WAYS
or ghamjb

unm

wamh

THE
-

BUNYIP AGAIN
jwihJcsJ ''-»*? of aboriginal
mem.
i

V^P^alVs own Pf If 11)5 Bonyip
1

Mffiu)

U ia the

Mwi-(«ct

;

*gi*.latMt aopearanca, accordiu
:

*'?».* report
!

from

tfci

(oath,
sear

vu

J#sde
jbrfi
;

in
on

?

waterhole

Bar
?

(be

!

-Mfcdity well known to me, u 'in many ether repmted hunb ?« -he Bnajrip, though I have Wjirer been Incfcjr enough to get

Homy

River,

..{of

In a surface enjoying gambol the Loch. Earlv In the seventies, few a the tw;ce within months, Bunyip, according to newspaper seen in New Soutb reports, was *; Wales. Lake it was In Cowal lV'r.erved bv a party of surveyors, Its head 'Vho described re as 'old man an ?yrirbiing that of with dark flsckfellow,' long, It swam hair. Coloured swiftly, is-ir.st the from shoulder high 4-r.ter. then diving, as if in chase
or

ANT-HOUSE

PLANTS

.

1sh,

at than
was

short
a

Intervals.

U

V '-ore
rue a

century

ago.

Lake

Tifi

fawn ? fiimpM of the fame am Iphlbiow animal with a mighty | voice, vations which, -under
j
I

'

names, oaee ranted widely over the mainhnd and abo inhabited

I

I {
I

Taimania—

if

we

may

credit

trib«l legendi. Descriptions given by bleok fellows, to early colonists, vary detail, but all stress the great {size ot the Its ferocious Bunylp, I Its terrifying nature voice. and drew {Some of the It natives even In charcoal portrait* of Or red slabs ochre, on of few A bark. of these have curious pictures been preserved; others long ago were In such reproduced books
In

J

i

?

1

to be the haunt animal the mystery or Bunvlo The Great the devil has iM'se of Tasmania long been haunt of the as a Bun regarded yip or Its first cousin. Bunion It were current In concerning when I visited the 'fifties: and the lake district In IMS, I heard the same several from persons old yarn, of the strange creature the deeper water of rising from the fairly shallow lake, In plain view of I the bank. people on collected recalled records by the in Charles Gould 'seventies, and his conclusion that the mys of the Great tery animal Lake seal-like a large probably was to science. creature unknown North wonder Queensland's and lakes, Barrlne Eacham, would suit the Bunyip nicely, but of It appear not beard I have of them The ing !n either of

said

huge

I

Myrmecodia is not by any means the only ant-houss plant native to North and New Queensland Guinea, as a correspondent (D.C.) has been led to believe. There are of kinds troploal many plants with which ants are always assoc iated, using portions of them as nests. Only one species of Myr mecc.«ia, however, is found in tropical Queensland; others occur in New also grows Guinea, where freely a closely related ant-house plant, botanlcally as know Hydno
their 'guests', to dwell in the prlokly, known bulboua etems of Myrmeeodia; but Hydnophytum harbours other crea tures besides ants, though a true ant-house plant, whose headquar ters appear to be In Dutch New It grows Guinea. not only on the of trees, trunks and branches es pecially casuarlnas, but also, on slopes, from mountain the ground. Openings in the tubers or Hydno much phytum are larger than those In Myrmecodia plants, and during its earlier stages, a plant may have as tenants, not ants, but other creatures, including beetles, smell lizards and earthworms, even small frogs, as recorded by Pro fessor noted Dutch Lam, the made botanist who has many notable discoveries in the jungles of Western New Guinea. The zoologist accompanying an expedi tion, of which the Professor was a member, found, in a specimen of the long-sought Hydnotphytum, for Perlpatus. find, A remarkable bringing the total to three up of number species of perlpatus known from New Guinea. I made Many a search have for the curious creatures are which regarded a link between as the worma (annelids) and the arthro I found pods. And have never Peripatus elsewhere than on the ground, or moss among forest debris. Who could expect to find t at home In an ant-house plant? [Tie specimens collected by the zoologist, however, were Dutch harbouring In tubers lying amid So moss. that Perlpatus did not have to climb to enter them. Nor mally It 1b a moss dweller. Sieving be, for moss may naturalists, more exciting than any sport. For there Is a world of
are

:

puytum. Only ants, end

!

Brough 'Aborigines
the

ae

Smyth's
of

on

the

legendary
cal

monster

of

these

tropi

VIotorla.'

In

one,

is shown as an emu BunliD like creature; a In another, as four-lugged animal a with huge elongated head bodv and a small resembling that of a horse. be no doubt that There -can the blacks firmly believed In the ex of a istence water fearsome dweiling monster that roared and and would bellowed, seize and devour who any blackfellow foolishly ventured too Its near Baunt. Well, many white people believe In the Mons Loch Nems ter, which Is not
so we more

lakes, once believed, crater people, to be fathom many less, is a crocodile; or rather, a dav *ill huge cedar log that one saurian from a change Into by
whose mouth will emerge in a

blackfellow, who mythical on Dawn Time camped of Bellenden northern peak
whose native name,
means

the
the

Ker, Murga
the black

lamyaba— Booroomba. Camp of Murgalamya—
fellow of the

the of
an

legend
become

the

destined
crocodile

to

log outsize

FAMED Mythical
the

REPTILES
mc.eters
owe

real
no

than
rea

the
(un
as

Bunylp;

have

we lip

of the for thinking blacks stupid, credulous fellows when and that belief In the Buu
~

aquatic north tropical

of

their

persists. of the

Many
and

untutored,

early Bettlers simple minded
as

were

folk,

they accepted
?

truth

what

the terrible about monster 'civilised from abor igines. Belief In Its existence, in fact, was even fairly general, well educated among persons— at least mind they kept an open Even concerning the mystery. men of eeienoe disposed were to that believe some big aquatic animal awaited A discovery. skull found of the the banks on Murrumbidgee, and said by local blacki to be that of a Bunyip, was tent a to man medical In examination. The Sydney, for was learned in doctor cautious his report; saying that the skull that of a large herbivorous was whose the ar animal, head and were of the teeth dif rangement ferent from other those of any known to him. animal Subse quently, a scientific naturalist de clared that the Bunyip skull was that of a much deformed colt. An English professor, the great Sir the JUchard pronounced Owen, to skull of specimen be the a calf.

they heard

in -abotiRtaal place legendary or lore to giant snakes (pythons) the crocodile, which saltwater tidal rivers often travels far up and also frequents deep water lily holes lagoons. The and roar may crocodile's booming the well have suggested to the ancient makers, legend the of Bunylp. terrifying voice reptile Is big And the man-eating hideous enough and enough to quality a* a model for folklore portraits of the Bunylp. used Certainly the myth makers pythons as models when working Ima the giant snake legends. on could exaggeration gination and North the easily transform Queensland python Into a Rainbow Serpent And consider the goanas. perentle, or One the of them, to length of printle, a may grow exceptionally, and has 10 feet, responsible sometimes held been for extinct a Bunyip myth. An Australian relative of the Komodo lizard, largest of all living dragon lizards, measured nearly 20 feet in to
was minor monster a a with the Kronosaurus, extinct reptile that became millions of years before the arrival anc&stors in of the bkckfellows' from Asia. Australia— they came Kronssaurus of Fossil remains in were Western found Queens in are land, and the preserved This aquatic Queensland Museum. monster big paddle-thaped with limbs, and teeth about 10 Inches long, lived in Cretaceous times

little lives

tiny
ceans,

in most beetles, queer

clumps
little

of

moss: crusta

But

it

compared
marina

LAKE
'

MONSTER

of the appearance of In lakeB cir as are cumstantial as eye-witness stories o' the Loch Ness Monster pop ping up for a breath of fresh air, or In a surface enjoying gambol the Loch. Earlv In the seventies, Accounts the Bunyip

and land snails whose shells, soen through a powerful magnify ing glaSB, beautiful are objects. The yield often includes Insects other then beetles: pale-coloured, slow moving ante, the size of the web Singapore ant, sprlngtalls, spinners, harvestmen, and brightly of coloured mites. None these is more midgets interesting than the beetles with fringed wings, and other minute kinds. The size of the Ib former less than that of a small pin's head. Mr. Cedrlc Deane, who has made a special study of these insects, says that they prefer debris, but some have been sifted from moss. Mr. Deane, Is an who accomplished artist as well as a good entomologist, has made delightful drawings of small beetles, highly magnified. Vic A he is now cnan, living in Queens land, 1 believe, and carrying on his researches fringe-winged among beetles and those of related
families.

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