Rare giant wombat jawbone discovered in Australia


Diprotodon

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Rare giant wombat jawbone found in Blue Mountains

July 27, 2007 – 11:11AM

A rare jawbone of a giant wombat that lived at least 20,000 years ago has been found at Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

A tour guide was doing his rounds at the caves when he stumbled on the large bone from a diprotodon, the largest known marsupial.

The long extinct diprotodon species was 2m tall by 3m long, or about as large as a hippopotamus, and could weigh as much as three tonnes.

The fossilised bone is more than 30cm long and between 20,000 and 40,000 years old, ABC radio reports.

See also here.

Population boom for one of world’s most endangered animals – Northern Hairy-nosed wombat: here.

One of the world’s most endangered mammals, the northern hairy-nosed wombat, has stepped back from the brink of extinction, with its numbers undergoing the biggest jump for more than two decades: here.

Video captures rare baby hairy-nosed wombat taking first steps: here.

Southern hairy-nosed wombat: here.

Koalas: here.

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