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Giant wombat bone found.

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posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 08:32 PM
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news.yahoo.com...;_ylt=Aj8Pz7okcXYTaOt0WxxNqcsTO7gF


SYDNEY (AFP) - Scientists in Australia announced Friday they had found the jawbone of a giant wombat the size of a large car that lived 20,000-40,000 years ago.

The jawbone of the ancient marsupial, part of the "mega-fauna" that once roamed pre-historic Australia, was found by a tour guide at the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

The animal, named the diprotodon, was two metres (6.5 feet) tall and three metres (10 feet) long, weighing about three tonnes.

By comparison, modern wombats are about one metre (three feet) long, 25 centimetres (10 inches) high and weigh 20-45 kilogrammes (44-100 pounds).


You know just this article just brings to me thinking about giant animals from the past compare to modern animals related that are small in comparsion. Why is that? Evolution related that does not require large bodies anymore?




posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 08:41 PM
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The most plausible theory is that such great size makes these critters all too tempting targets for human hunters.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 08:58 PM
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Originally posted by uberarcanist
The most plausible theory is that such great size makes these critters all too tempting targets for human hunters.

en.wikipedia.org...


Interesting theory, but not enough to prove that humans just want to kill things that are too big. For example the existence of elephants which is not extinct...yet.

Not to mention alligators or crocs that are smaller cousins of their descendants.



And these monsters were extinct long before humans came to existence. Or perhaps just evolve to smaller cousins. Kind of like Megs to great white sharks.



posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 09:31 PM
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It probably got that big because someone was crazy enough to put it in water.
This is what happens when someone puts it in water:
www.amazingstarships.com...



posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 11:10 PM
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Great Find, just imagine what else could be buried down there....




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