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Rhino-sized mega-wombat skeletons found

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2012 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (12)


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Comment icon #3 Posted by ealdwita 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
This is going to be in my nightmares tonight.
Comment icon #5 Posted by csspwns 11 years ago
big wombat
Comment icon #6 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 11 years ago
I remember reading somewhere that the diprotodon was probably the mythical Bunyip.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DKO 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
Grotesque enough to scare the schiesse out of a Panzergrenadier!
Comment icon #10 Posted by lizzieboo 11 years ago
Grotesque enough to scare the schiesse out of a Panzergrenadier! I adore you.
Comment icon #11 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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!


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