Crocs in a main street? Crikey! That’s the last thing you’d want to meet . . .

Crocodile skulls are certainly not what you’d expect to find in the main street of any town. But that’s exactly what’s stopping foot traffic in the sleepy far north Queensland town of Atherton.

An unusual window display featuring fossilised crocodile skulls and 300-million-year-old sea creatures has made its way from the Sahara desert in Africa to the Crystal Caves, where it’s causing people to stop dead in their tracks.

“We have uncovered a new exciting supplier in Morocco and bought all four of the croc skulls available, with two of the most outstanding of these displayed at the Crystal Caves,” says Boissevain.

Owner of the display and global collector Rene Boissevain has just released his latest collection of genuinely rare fossils to the public, and says he was very fortunate to have purchased them from a geologist in Southern Morocco, as they’re usually snapped up very quickly because they’re so rare.

The “Gavial” crocodile skulls are between 65 and 144 million years old, and are a collectors’ dream. Their ancestors were the Nile crocodiles, and most disappeared at the time of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Unlike modern crocs though, their diet was exclusively small fish, so they have slender snouts built for speed and manoeuvrability.

“We have uncovered a new exciting supplier in Morocco and bought all four of the croc skulls available, with two of the most outstanding of these displayed at the Crystal Caves,” says Boissevain.

These “objects of art” are mounted and carefully backlit in a trophy case to show onlookers the detailed and delicate structure of the croc skulls.

Boissevain’s latest shipment also contains some unique tables and bathroom sinks hand-carved from slabs of Sahara seabed fossil rock, featuring sea creatures and shells more than 300 million years old, which also feature in the striking window display.

Details // Rare Croc Skulls at the Crystal Caves
Where // 69 Main St, Atherton Qld.
Contact // (07) 4091 2365, www.crystalcaves.com.au