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Ancient marsupial discovered in Australia

An excavation team from the University of New South Wales recently uncovered the remains of a prehistoric marsupial that they believe could be anywhere between 50,000 and two million years old. The first complete skeleton of the diprotodon, which is sometimes referred to as a Giant Wombat or the Rhinoceros Wombat, will provide scientists with more accurate information concerning the creature’s appearance.

After the scientists study the skeleton, it will be put on display at the Queensland Museum. Many Australian people who are living outside of the country will wire money to their families so they can visit the museum to see what scientists believe was the largest marsupial to ever exist.

The herbivore is thought to have been 14 feet long and weighed roughly three tons. Other partial remains of diprotodons have previously been unearthed in Australia, and the first remains were discovered in a cave in New South Wales in the 1830s.

Last year, the team dug up a leg bone near the northwest Queensland Gulf, unaware that the rest of the skeleton was nearby until they returned this year to conduct further investigations. They hope that this discovery will lead to more ancient mammalian finds in the area.

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