Scott Hocknull

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Scott Hocknull is a vertebrate palaeontologist and Senior Curator in Geology at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. He was the 2002 recipient of the Young Australian of the Year Award.[1]

He is the youngest Australian to date to hold a museum curatorship and has described and named 10 new species and four new genera.[2]


  • 2009 Riversleigh Society Medal for Excellence in promoting understanding of Australian Prehistory
  • 2009 Queensland's 50 Best and Brightest, Queensland Courier Mail
  • 2007 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Finalist
  • 2007 Finalist, Eve Pownell Award for Information Books, Amazing Facts about Australian Dinosaurs.
  • 2005 Neville Stevens Medal Geological Society of Australia's Neville Stevens Medal for Science Communication.
  • 2003 Centenary Medalist
  • 2003 Finalist Eureka Awards British Council for Inspiring Science
  • 2003 Eureka Science Award Finalist
  • 2002 Young Australian of the Year
  • 2002 Young Queenslander of the Year
  • 2002 National Career Achiever
  • 2002 Queensland Career Achiever
  • 2002 Queensland Science & Technology Achiever
  • 1997 Best student presentation Award, 6th Conference of Australian Vertebrate Evolution Palaeontology and Systematics, 1997 (as a High School student presenting with Under and Post Graduate students).


  1. ^ "Young Australian of the Year 2002". National Australia Day Council. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Profile at

Published Papers[edit]

Hocknull SA, Piper PJ, van den Bergh GD, Due RA, Morwood MJ, Due RA, Morwood MJ, Kurniawan I,. (2009). Dragon's Paradise Lost: Palaeobiogeography, Evolution and Extinction of theLargest-Ever Terrestrial Lizards (Varanidae). PLoS ONE; 4(9)

Cramb, J; Hocknull, SA; Webb, GE (2009). High diversity Pleistocene rainforest Dasyurid assemblages with implications for the radiation of the dasyuridae AUSTRAL ECOLOGY. 34: 6, pp 663–669.

Hocknull, SA; White, MA; Tischler, TR, Cook AG, Calleja ND, Sloan T, Elliott DA (2009). New Mid-Cretaceous (Latest Albian) Dinosaurs from Winton, Queensland, Australia. PLOS ONE. 4: 7 e6190.

Hocknull, SA.; Cook, AG (2008). Hypsilophodontid (Dinosauria : Ornithischia) from latest Albian, Winton formation, central Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 52: Part 2: pp212.

Hocknull, SA (2005) Ecological succession during the late Cainozoic of central eastern Queensland: Extinction of a diverse rainforest community. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 51: Part 1, pp39–122

Price, GJ.; and Hocknull, SA (2005). A small adult Palorchestes (Marsupialia, Palorchestidae) from the Pleistocene of the Darling Downs, southeast Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 51: 1, pp 202.

Hocknull, SA (2003) Etnabatrachus maximus gen. et sp. nov., a Plio-Pleistocene frog from Mount Etna, central eastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 49: 1, 327-330

Hocknull, SA (2002). Comparative maxillary and dentary morphology of the Australian dragons (Agamidae: Squamata): A framework for fossil identification. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 48: 1, pp 125–145

Hocknull, SA (2000). Remains of an Eocene skink from Queensland. ALCHERINGA. 24: 1-2, pp 63–64

Hocknull, SA (2000). Mesozoic freshwater and estuarine bivalves from Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 45: 2, pp 405–426

Hocknull, SA (1997). Cretaceous freshwater bivalves from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 42: 1, pp 223–226

Hocknull, SA (1994). A new freshwater bivalve from the Triassic of southeastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 37: 1, pp 146 Published

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Preceded by
James Fitzpatrick
Young Australian of the Year
Succeeded by
Lleyton Hewitt