Scientists unearth fossil of SUV-sized wombat
Paleontologists have unearthed a nearly complete skeleton of a Diprotodon, a fearsome three-ton wombat that rampaged across Australia some 2.5 million years ago until the arrival of the first humans.
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Discovered near Floraville Station in northwestern Queensland, the fossil represents the most complete specimen so far discovered of a diprotodon, a three-ton marsupial that roamed the continent for about 2.5 million years until going extinct some 50,000 years ago.
Science has known of the existence of a prehistoric mega-wombat for a long time. The species was named in 1838 by British paleontologist Richard Owen, who also coined the word "dinosaur."
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