Giant Jurassic amphibian
I was more than three metres long with a massive head and a huge jaw bristling with teeth. I was an ambush predator that looked like a crocodile, but was more closely related to amphibians. My skeleton is nearly complete and is one of the few vertebrates known from the Jurassic period in Australia. At the time of its discovery, I was the youngest member of my lineage, the temnospondyls, which had been thought to have died out much earlier. New studies from Victoria show that related temnospondyls survived much longer in Australia.
My near complete skeleton was found near Wandoan in south east Queensland by property owner, Colin Kehl.
At the time of my fossil’s discovery, I was the youngest temnospondyl known from anywhere in the world and the only significant Jurassic-aged temnospondyl from Australia.
My three-dimensionally preserved skeleton makes me one of the most complete Jurassic-aged temnospondyls known from anyhere in the world. . My massive skull has rows of sharp, fang-like teeth.
You can find my fossil at the Lost Creatures Exhibition, Queensland Museum.