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Kronosaurus Korner has recently secured the return of one of its name sakes, Kronosaurus Queenslandicus, commonly known as the Toronto Krono.  

The Toronto Krono was collected in 1979 on a property named Toronto Park, north of Richmond, by Dr Alan Bartholomai, the then Director of the Queensland Museum. This specimen represents the most complete example of a Kronosaurus ever found. 

Paul Stumkat, Consultant Curator of Kronosaurus Korner said, “Richmond Shire Council and Kronosaurus Korner have worked in partnership with the Queensland Museum to have the specimen packed and shipped to Richmond on loan for 12 months, to be a premier display in the new BHP Billiton Cannington Gallery.” 

This huge marine reptile was the top predator of the 110 million year old Cretaceous oceans of inland Queensland.  It devoured a host of prey from marine turtles to large long necked elasmosaurs and dolphin like ichthyosaurs.  Armed with teeth the size of banana’s and a 2.5m skull, not many creatures would have escaped when trapped in its jaws. 

Mr Stumkat said, “We are delighted to have Newcastle University Palaeontologist and expert on Kronosaurus, Dr Colin McHenry helping us reassemble the specimen for display.  Dr McHenry will be conducting further biomechanical science techniques to scan the skeleton for 3D computer modelling.  This will help scientists understand the physiology of this fearsome marine reptile. “The loan of this specimen will make a spectacular display to our award winning museum,” Mr Stumkat said. 

Check out the Toronto Krono specimen at Kronosaurus Korner.