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brockulfsen and I have been talking about how dangerous Australia is. I thought it was bad now, but then he said this:

Of course if you really want to scare yourself, the current biota is what has been left as relatively harmless after 60,000 years of terraforming by the Aboriginal colonists. When they arrived the landscape was rather less friendly. Carnivorous Kangaroos 12 feet tall, huge flightless carnivorous ducks, (non-burrowing) wombats the size of a VW Beetle. Thylacoleo Carnifex, a kind of giant super possum evolved to kill and eat anything that moved. ... Monitor lizards the size of a stretch limo (the largest reptiles on earth at the time). Possibly even pack hunting land crocodiles (dating is a bit vague on those).

Which is just both utterly terrifying and awesome all at once. Sounds like an alien planet on a scifi novel!

Context: http://brockulfsen.livejournal.com/64804.html?thread=78372#t78372

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ghost2501
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
That does sound really awesome.
fayanora
Aug. 13th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
God was either in a mad scientist mood, or smoking some really strong cannabis when S/He made Australia's wildlife.
crystalseraph
Aug. 14th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Our wildlife really isn't that scary xD Only 99.99% are life threatening. Including platapus and red kangaroos, which are actually both poisonous.
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Only 99.99%! LOL! :-)

I knew about platypus being poisonous, but red kangaroos? I thought that platypi were the only poisonous mammals in the world?
crystalseraph
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Only red kangaroos. The red on their fur is due to a bacteria that grows on them, and that bacteria is what makes the poison. Red kanagaroos groom their fur with their claws, so...yeah. Poison-claw waving marsupials xD
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. EEK!
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