From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Rare giant wombat jawbone found in Blue Mountains
July 27, 2007 – 11:11AM
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.
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.
Southern hairy-nosed wombat: here.
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