My research on Australian Bunyip...
A recent discussion on Yetis,or Abominable Snowmen from the Himalayas; Bigfoots or Sasquatch from Nth America; and possibly Bunyips from Australia has sent me on a research path, which I may bring some understanding of at some future point in time.
Yetis and Sasquatch have been described as hairy and manlike, or like bears. But Bunyips may be from a different ball- game all together.
The Bunyip may well be the historical diprotodon that possibly co-existed with early humans for many thousands of years or so. Bones of butchered animals have been unearthed from early human settlements and identified as being the diprotodon - a hippo sized wombat. These hairy monsters, as legend claimed,hid in water holes and jumped out and terrified the early aborigines.
Australia and New Zealand were together part of that ancient super southern continent of Gonwanaland, that also included India, South America and Africa etc. There was also a northern supercontinent called Laurasia which included many of the existing northern hemisphere countries and continents. Both super continents had broken away from the original Pangaea super-duper continent.
New Zealand and Australia have similar geological backgrounds. NZ does not have a native animal life, but an Australian based geological team which included a NZ palantaelogist, discovered bones of ancient crocodiles in NZ lake beds, millions of years old.
So I guess I have a few hours work trying to bring some semblance of order to my research. It proves strong connections and contact to and between the two ANZAC countries that goes back millions of years before Gallipoli itself.