The most important kangaroo ever uncovered has been dug up at a fossil web site in central Queensland. Estimated to have stood at 2.5 metres and weighed an enormous 274 kilograms when it roamed Australia between 40,000 and 60,000 years in the past.
|Reconstruction of the large kangaroo with a joey in its pouch subsequent to an grownup human of common peak
[Credit: Vlad Konstantinov, Andrey Atuchin, Scott Hocknull, Rochelle Lawrence]
It was found alongside 13 different super-sized species together with car-sized lizards, big wombats, a marsupial ‘lion’ and 7 metre crocodiles at South Walker Creek Mine, close to Mackay.
“It’s an incredible discovery – these animals have been completely huge,” Queensland Museum palaeontologist Dr Scott Hocknull, who led the analysis venture, mentioned on Dawn. “And the animals that ate these have been even greater. We had gigantic reptiles dwelling concurrently folks.”
|Researchers have been investigating the Queensland web site for over 12 years
[Credit: Queensland Museum]
Dr Hocknull says that excessive local weather change possible drove the traditional megafauna to extinction. He got here to this conclusion after discovering that modifications to the setting resembling elevated hearth, discount in grasslands and lack of contemporary water coincided with the large animals’ extinction.