Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?

Published May 20, 2020

If you thought Australia is terrifying now (may I introduce you to the gympie gympie plant*?), it was somehow worse 60,000 years ago. That’s when the first Australians (“hors d’oeuvres”) would have shared the sunburnt country with giant lizards and … other stuff.

Imagine first sighting a 6 metre goanna and its Komodo Dragon-sized relative, or bumping into a land-dwelling crocodile and its plate-mail armoured aquatic cousin. The mammals were equally bizarre, including a giant bucktoothed wombat, a strange “bear-sloth” marsupial, and enormous kangaroos and wallabies.

And let us not forget the largest kangaroo ever found — weighing in at 600-frakkin’-pounds.

* Or the tiny Irukandji jellyfish, whose sting fills you with an unshakable sense of doom?
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