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Fossils of ancient 'super-koala' found


Posted on Tuesday, 8 May, 2012 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A large koala-like species of wombat the size of a sheep would have graced treetops 15 million years ago.

Known as Nimbadons, the animals would have been very capable tree climbers, a skill that would have helped them to find food and to avoid predators on the ground. It is thought that they would have ascended trees in a similar style to modern koalas by hugging the trunk. Several skulls belonging to the species have been discovered at a cave in Riversleigh in northwestern Queensland.

"The Nimbadon fossil material is an incredibly rare and significant resource, not only because it is so exceptionally well-preserved, but because it represents individuals from a range of ages," said Karen Black from the University of New South Wales.

"Australia's treetops were home 15 million years ago to sheep-sized, 150-pound relatives of modern day wombats that looked much like koalas, scientists say."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by catfishyeah on 8 May, 2012, 14:08
I always wondered if koalas had different ancesters than some animals, or shared, and branched off from the ones today.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Lady Llayne on 8 May, 2012, 14:29
Very Interesting... I love how they are able to link things together.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Bella-Angelique on 9 May, 2012, 18:24
It's so cute in the drawing. Wish it still existed. I wonder if they might bring it back somehow?
Comment icon #4 Posted by ealdwita on 9 May, 2012, 20:11
You really wouldn't want that dropping on your head from a eucalyptus tree, would you!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Chooky88 on 10 May, 2012, 5:26
Why is there a picture of a wombat on a koala story? Big difference,
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chooky88 on 10 May, 2012, 5:30
OK. Read it. It was a wombat that resembled a koala. Well here's a fact. Wombat poo is cube shaped. So they make a little pile to mark territory and it won't roll away. Your never short of dice in the au outback :-)


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