Giant Prehistoric Kangaroos Found In Australia
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GIANT KANGAROO REMAINS FOUND IN AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
A collection of 1.5 million-year-old bones has been found in Australia.
The fossils are of prehistoric species including marsupial lions, giant
kangaroos and a wombat the size of a small car.
The discovery was made on the Nullarbor Plain by cavers who had used a light
aircraft to find the caves.
Paleontologists from the Western Australia Museum say the fossils are the
find of the century.
Operation Leo has been a two week dig in three caves.
They identified the remains of the world's biggest kangaroo, up to three
metres tall, a pony-sized wombat and wallabies with sickle claws and
horn-like ridges over their eyes.
The caves apparently acted as death traps for animals over many thousands of
years. Most of the bones were found where the animals lay down to die. The
dry and dark cave conditions are ideal for their preservation.
Paleontologist Dr John Long was able to extract samples of DNA and bone for
dating and forensic testing for traces of soft tissue, hair and blowfly
He told the West Australian: "There hasn't been a find like this in Western
Australia since the turn of the century."
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