Meanwhile, in the Healesville Sanctuary of Victoria, Australia…
Giant Wombat of the Day: Paleontologists in Queensland, Australia have discovered the nearly-complete skeleton of a giant wombat-like creature called a diprotodon.
The rhinoceros-sized marsupials lived 2.5 million years ago, and researchers say they became extinct 55,000 years ago due to climate change and the arrival of humans.
The tooth of a giant lizard called a goanna was also found with the bones, which probably explains how this particular diprotodon died.
a prehistoric wombat? bad. ass.
I like wombats. But apparently they are little bastards… hehe
I JUST WOMBAT IN YOUR HEAD
Wombats’ ancestor, the Diprotodon, was the hippo-sized king of prehistoric Australia. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/10/1016_031017_giantmarsupial.html
More about Australian Megafauna: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/10/dreamtime-animals/achenbach-text
WOMBATS ARE AWESOME!!!