Rhino-sized mega-wombat skeletons found
By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2012 · 12 comments
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. The site in the outback in Queensland is thought to contain up to 50 diprotodon skeletons which could be between 100,000 and 200,000-years-old.
Source: Sky News
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