Mega-Wombat’s relic found in Australia

By on Jul 7, 2011 in Animals, Australia, Science, World Comments

A Mega-wombat’s relic with a complete structure of bones was found by scientists in northern Australia on Wednesday, July 06, 2011, according to international reports that day.

A man holding a wombat
Image Credit: Paul Crock/AFP

Apparently, the herbivorous mega-wombat existed around 2.5 million years ago and became extinct about 55,000 years ago. It was considered as the largest marsupial on earth weighing three tonnes.

It was said that the animal was as size as of a rhinoceros or a car, two meters tall (6 feet, six inches) and 3.5 meters (11 feet, six inches) long, with a backward-facing pouch and pigeon-toed.

Furthermore, it was believed that wombat was related to a diprotodon – a hippopotamus-sized marsupial, which was deemed as the most northerly specimen ever discovered by the scientists in remote Queensland last week.

“They basically looked a lot like a wombat, a very big beefed-up wombat, much bigger than obviously anything that’s around today,” Sue Hand, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales said in the reports.

Nonetheless, it was reported that the diprotodon vanished along with the other huge kangaroos and crocodiles, in which it was the time when the first native tribe appeared.

Ms. Hand, who is also a member of the team that made the discovery was quoted saying, “Dating has been one of the bugbears of trying to unravel what happened.”

“It will be very interesting to see its age and if people came in first, for instance, from the north. There could be some very interesting data to be extracted from this find,” she added in the reports.

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