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The cave Australian skeletons previously unknown kangaroo

January 26 2007
09:10

Valley Nullarbor is a vast treeless dry place, but half a million years ago, it looked quite different. At the red earth were trees with colorful parrots, and the branches climbing tree kangaroos, in search of leaves. At the bottom of the giant wombats were performed, representing an easy prey for marsupial lions, walking the neighborhood.

In 2002, a group of researchers has penetrated into one of the holes in the ground and fell into a cave in Nullarboe. Cave explorers were able to descend 20 meters down and made a surprising discovery.

Before them were well-preserved skeletons of the ancient marsupial lion, lying untouched since the animals died 800 thousand - 400 thousand years ago. The remains of fallen animals were extracted from this and another of the other two caves, a team of scientists from the Museum of Victoria and the University Vollogonga. According to their assumptions, at least 69 species of reptiles, birds and mammals once inhabited the Nullarbor and lived in a similar to modern climate.

The largest animal found in a cave, become giant wombats, which weighed 200 kilograms and roughly the same mass kangaroos. One of the most remarkable discoveries was the discovery among the remains of about 23 different species of kangaroo, eight of which were not previously known to science.

Here, experts found the bones of 11 marsupial lions. They weighed 100 kg and is one of the most fearsome predators that lived in Australia, had the most powerful bite among certain animals are, including saber-toothed tigers, hyenas, and Tasmanian devils. Tells Zhelezyaka.com.

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