Meet the megafauna of Alcoota

Baru sp. was a giant crocodile as heavy as the largest modern day saltwater crocodiles, though not quite as long.


lcoota Baru was a colossal crocodile, weighing up to 800 kg, and the biggest predator of the waterhole. They grew to the length of a large saltwater crocodile but were much more heavily built.

Baru is such a new species that has yet to receive a scientific name!

Baru sp.

Dromornis stirtoni

A large male Dromornis may have weighed as much as 700 kg – the weight of an adult African buffalo! A hatchling Dromornis would take 15 years to reach adult size.


Dromornis were plant-eaters and would have fed on leaves, shoots and fruits from trees and tall shrubs. They swallowed stones to help grind up their food.

They may have lived in dense shrubland and woodland called ‘dry jungle’.

Wakaleo alcootaensis

Although called a marsupial lion, Wakaleo alcootaensis was the size of a leopard and a distant cousin of wombats.

Thylacinus potens

Thylacinus potens from Alcoota was related to the famous, and sadly extinct, Tasmanian tiger. It may have reached the size of a large wolf.


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