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Rhino-sized mega-wombat skeletons found

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

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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."

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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!
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
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 ... [More]
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
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
Thank you!

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