252 million years ago, you could have walked from Cape Otway, through Tasmania, across Antarctica, all the way to southern Africa in the giant land mass called Pangea.
By 201 million years ago tectonic forces had begun to split the supercontinent in two – leaving Australia as part of Gondwana in the south.
And by about 106 million years ago our coastline was within the Antarctic circle.
It was one of the coldest places on earth and home to some fascinating dinosaurs.
Among amazing fossil finds at Dinosaur Cove, just a few kilometres west of the Lightstation, was Leaellynasaura amicagraphica.
This remarkable little dinosaur lived in the Early Cretaceous period – and was likely to have been warm-blooded.
In 1991 palaeontologists discovered one of the largest fossils recovered from Dinosaur Cove – a 43cm long femur from an extremely fast, ostrich-like dinosaur named Timimus hermani.
Research results on Timimus and Leaellynasaura set the scientific world on fire and helped create a rethink among palaeontologists – these dinosaurs were highly adapted animals which thrived in freezing conditions.
The beaches and coastal cliffs around the Lightstation hold a rich cargo of dinosaur secrets which remain of high interest to palaeontologists.
Very important part of Australia’s history. Beautiful!Justine
I was very taken by this beautiful part of the world. I love the history of lighthouses and to be able to climb to the top of this one and experience the place was delightful.Jane