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Giant Prehistoric Wombat Uncovered

Three-ton marsupial lived 10,000 years ago

Reconstruction of a diprotodon marsupial

They looked like hugely oversized wombats – those cuddly-looking marsupials you see out in the Australian bush. And while their ancient relatives, known as diprotodons, wouldn’t have been interested in eating you, they would have flattened you if you were in their path.

Weighing about three tons and stretching up to 14 feet long, the diprotodons roamed the Australian continent for nearly two million years, according to scientists who recently came upon a complete skeleton of one of the animals.

How did they die out? Most likely, from examination of other bone fragments, they were hunted to extinction by the early aboriginal people.

Read more about this fascinating discovery at the Daily Mail.