Meet a giant ancestor of wombats

Meet a giant ancestor of wombats

Credit: Peter Shouten

Fossils from a giant marsupial that roamed central Australia during the late Oligocene, 25 million years ago, reveal a new relative of the wombat.

Scientists have named it Mukupirna, meaning “big bones” in the local Dieri and Malyangapa Aboriginal languages, and created a new family for it called the Mukupirnidea, as reported in the journal Scientific Reports.


Published by Cosmos.

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