Medium: acrylics on card
105 million years ago, Telemon Station, Queensland
A pair of sub-adult Platypterygius australis cruise through the inland sea that covers much of central Australia during this part of the Cretaceous Period. The cosmopolitan Platypterygius was the last surviving genus of ichthyosaur, fish-like reptiles that were far more diverse during the Triassic and Jurassic Periods. Platypterygius australis is known from North Central Queensland and possibly the Northern Territory with isolated bones suggesting a maximum of length of about 7 m. However, this reconstruction is based on a superb skeleton from Telemon Station that measures 5.6 m in length.