This is a video about Bennett’s Wallaby.
From the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:
Ancient Tasmanians had wombats on their menus
During the last ice age, winter temperatures outside rock shelters in south-western Tasmania (Australia) plummeted to 15 degrees below zero.
Summers were cool and short. The terrain was rugged.
But new research shows these Aboriginal people were great survivors, getting their strength from the meat and bone marrow of wallabies, possibly with an occasional wombat brain.
A La Trobe University archaeologist, Jillian Garvey, sorted more than 250,000 animal bone fragments from Kutikina Cave on the Franklin River, where the hunters lived between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago, to build a picture of their prehistoric lifestyle.
It showed they were well adapted to the harsh conditions, she said.
The discovery 30 years ago of Kutikina Cave, one of the richest archaeological sites in Australia, was an important factor in the 1983 High Court decision to ban work on the Gordon-below-Franklin dam, which would have flooded it.
Other shelters were later found nearby revealing the area was first inhabited at least 35,000 years ago.
It took Dr Garvey more than eight months to sort through 40 kilograms of bone fragments, which had been excavated from Kutikina Cave in 1981.
Bennett’s Wallaby made up more than 90 per cent of the remains of the hunters’ prey, with wombats, at 6 per cent, the next most common. …
Pointy implements made from wallaby bone were also found, which could have been used as needles.
“Even though there is no evidence of clothing, in all likelihood they would have used fur from animals to keep warm.”
Struggle for the environment in Tasmania today: here.
And in New South Wales: here.
Whale migration near Tasmania: here.
Tasmanian devils: here.
April 2011: Five black-footed rock-wallabies have been released into a predator-proof enclosure in an Aboriginal area in South West Australia: here.