Sunday, August 20, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Rhino-sized mega-wombat skeletons found

Posted on Friday, 22 June, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: skookum


Image credit: Nobu Tamura

 
50 skeletons belonging to the extinct giant wombat species diprotodon have been found in Queensland.

The enormous ancient marsupial would have weighed up to 2.8 tons and roamed the Earth somewhere between 5 million and 50,000 years ago. One of the specimens was particularly large with a jawbone measuring 70cm across. It is thought that their extinction came about at the same time as the first human tribes appeared in the region.

"It's a paleontologists' goldmine where we can really see what these megafauna were doing, how they actually behaved, what their ecology was," said Scott Hocknall. "With so many fossils it gives us a unique opportunity to see these animals in their environment, basically, so we can reconstruct it."

"Scientists in Australia have discovered a huge graveyard of ancient, rhino-sized mega-wombats."

  View: Full article

 Source: Sky News


  Discuss: View comments (12)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by ealdwita on 22 June, 2012, 15:59
You'd definitely not want one of those dropping off a tree on to your head! Giant drop-wombats can be detrimental to your health!
Comment icon #4 Posted by King Fluffs on 22 June, 2012, 16:57
This is going to be in my nightmares tonight.
Comment icon #5 Posted by csspwns on 23 June, 2012, 2:15
big wombat
Comment icon #6 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 23 June, 2012, 6:52
I remember reading somewhere that the diprotodon was probably the mythical Bunyip.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DKO on 23 June, 2012, 8:57
I remember reading somewhere that the diprotodon was probably the mythical Bunyip. Yeah I reckon they're a good candidate for the bunyip. The story being passed down for thousands of years between the aboriginal tribes.
Comment icon #8 Posted by lizzieboo on 24 June, 2012, 14:50
I knew a bunyip once; his name was Bertie. (Only people who grew up in the 60s near Philadelphia will get the reference; if anyone does, please post!) Seriously...I want one. First of all, "wombat" is one of the best words evar. If I'm in a bad mood, I can cheer myself up just by repeating "wombat" several times. (Okay, so I'm eccentric. It isn't illegal...yet.) Second, they're adorable. Way cuter than teddy bears. If they ever figure out how to clone an extinct prehistoric species by retrieving its DNA, I hope they start with the diprotodon. I'll volunteer to be its foster mom.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ealdwita on 24 June, 2012, 16:31
Grotesque enough to scare the schiesse out of a Panzergrenadier!
Comment icon #10 Posted by lizzieboo on 24 June, 2012, 17:21
Grotesque enough to scare the schiesse out of a Panzergrenadier! I adore you.
Comment icon #11 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 24 June, 2012, 22:38
Hey Lizzieboo to hug a wombat is great but they have very coarse hair and are heavy and solidly built but apart from that they are a great animal. ps they also love to dig & push things.
Comment icon #12 Posted by lizzieboo on 25 June, 2012, 0:16
Hey Lizzieboo to hug a wombat is great but they have very coarse hair and are heavy and solidly built but apart from that they are a great animal. ps they also love to dig & push things. Thank you!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
'Apocalyptic' cloud hangs over town in Brazil
8-19-2017
Residents of Teixeira de Freitas were treated to a rather unusual and unnerving spectacle this week.
Mysterious doors appear across Nova Scotia
8-19-2017
The freestanding doors have turned up in several towns, leaving local residents scratching their heads.
Can the Yellowstone supervolcano be stopped ?
8-19-2017
NASA has come up with an ambitious new plan to cool down the supervolcano by using it as an energy source.
Mars rovers to focus on the search for life
8-18-2017
Two upcoming Mars rover missions will attempt to determine if the Red Planet was once home to life.
Other news in this category
'Frankenstein dinosaur' is 'missing link'
Posted 8-16-2017 | 0 comments
The mystery surrounding a dinosaur made up of various mismatched body parts has finally been solved....
 
13 million-year-old human ancestor unearthed
Posted 8-10-2017 | 27 comments
Palaeontologists have discovered the skull of what is thought to be mankind's earliest known ancestor....
 
World's largest ever dinosaur identified
Posted 8-9-2017 | 0 comments
A 70-ton titanosaur has been officially established as the largest land animal ever to walk the Earth....
 
Heavily armored dinosaurs also had camouflage
Posted 8-5-2017 | 21 comments
Dinosaurs equipped with spikes and bony plates may have also employed camouflage to avoid predators....
 
Could a human actually outrun a T. rex ?
Posted 7-17-2017 | 17 comments
Contrary to the plot of Jurassic Park, a rampaging Tyrannosaurus rex wouldn't actually move very fast....
 
Giant prehistoric crocodile had T. rex teeth
Posted 7-4-2017 | 2 comments
Palaeontologists have been studying the remains of a crocodile-like land predator from the Jurassic era....
 
Intense volcanism gave rise to the dinosaurs
Posted 6-20-2017 | 5 comments
A mass extinction event 200 million years ago made it possible for the dinosaurs to dominate the planet....
 
T. rex did not have feathers, say scientists
Posted 6-10-2017 | 16 comments
The idea that Tyrannosaurus rex had a thick plumage of feathers has been called in to serious doubt....
 
Ancient fossil bird found trapped in amber
Posted 6-9-2017 | 1 comment
The incredibly well-preserved hatchling is believed to date back 99 million years to the Cretaceous Era....
 
Earliest Homo sapiens unearthed in Morocco
Posted 6-8-2017 | 8 comments
The discovery casts doubt on the idea that modern humans evolved in a single 'cradle of humanity'....
 
Giant prehistoric sloth unearthed in LA metro
Posted 6-3-2017 | 4 comments
A recent excavation in the heart of Los Angeles has yielded evidence of giant prehistoric beasts....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ