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Australians Find Huge Mega-Wombat Graveyard
Gulf Times ^ | 6/22/2012

Posted on 06/21/2012 7:34:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Australian scientists yesterday unveiled the biggest-ever graveyard of an ancient rhino-sized mega-wombat called diprotodon, with the site potentially holding valuable clues on the species’ extinction.

The remote fossil deposit in outback Queensland state is thought to contain up to 50 diprotodon skeletons including a huge specimen named Kenny, whose jawbone alone is 70cm long.

Lead scientist on the dig, Scott Hocknull from the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, said Kenny was one of the largest diprotodons he had ever seen and one of the best preserved specimens.

Pigeon-toed and with a backward-facing pouch large enough to carry an adult human, Hocknull likened diprotodon to “a cross between a wombat and a bear but the size of a rhinoceros”. The deposit contained the largest concentration of mega-wombat fossils ever discovered and could hold important clues on how the diprotodon lived and what caused it to perish, he said.

“When we did the initial survey I was just completely blown away by the concentrations of these fragments,” he told AFP by telephone from the far-flung desert dig site, which he estimated at between 100,000-200,000 years old. “It’s a palaeontologists’ goldmine where we can really see what these megafauna were doing, how they actually behaved, what their ecology was.

“With so many fossils it gives us a unique opportunity to see these animals in their environment, basically, so we can reconstruct it.”

The mega-wombats appeared to have been trapped in boggy conditions at the site after seeking refuge there from extremely dry conditions during a period of significant climate change in ancient Australia, he added.

Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to roam the earth, weighing up to 2.8 tonnes, lived between 2mn and 50,000 years ago and died out around the time indigenous tribes first appeared.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: australia; catastrophism; diprotodon; godsgravesglyphs; megawombat; paleontology; wombat

1 posted on 06/21/2012 7:34:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I just like saying wombat.

Wombat. What a great word.


2 posted on 06/21/2012 7:37:14 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

Are these the ancestors of Side-Hill Wombats?


3 posted on 06/21/2012 7:37:56 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Buried Down and under???`?? Who knew?)
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To: nickcarraway
Is there a wombat ping list?

/johnny

4 posted on 06/21/2012 7:37:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

He told me his name was Bruce.


5 posted on 06/21/2012 7:38:21 PM PDT by bgill
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To: DManA

I like saying mega-wombat.


6 posted on 06/21/2012 7:39:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: DManA
It is a fun word.

But 70 cm lower jaw... 27 inches? Dat's a big wombat.

/johnny

7 posted on 06/21/2012 7:40:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
Pigeon-toed and with a backward-facing pouch large enough to carry an adult human

That's just so wrong, on so many levels.

/johnny

8 posted on 06/21/2012 7:42:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah Wombats are marsupials, but I’ve got a family of fat and happy squirrels running around on my roof right now that might give these old boys a run for their money judging by the thunderous patter.


9 posted on 06/21/2012 7:43:18 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: DManA; nickcarraway; JRandomFreeper
Wombat. What a great word.

Wombat stuck in water pipe

Picture at link.

http://www.examiner.com.au/news/local/news/general/wombat-causes-a-storm-in-water-pipe/2591575.aspx

10 posted on 06/21/2012 7:47:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: nickcarraway

“Megafauna are thought to have evolved to such large sizes to cope with inhospitable climates and food scarcity”

Pot induced thought perhaps....

A species grows to such large sizes because THEY ARE THRIVING!
Since when does “food scarcity” drive growth?
If their screwy theory held, the N. Koreans would be 10 ft. tall, rather than 4’ 9”.


11 posted on 06/21/2012 7:50:57 PM PDT by G Larry (There's no hope of a safe landing when you hire a suicidal pilot!)
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To: Dysart
Squirrels are food. And beef is expensive.

Get an air rifle and be discreet.

/johnny

12 posted on 06/21/2012 7:51:30 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Dysart
FR needs a wombat ping list. Who isn't here that we can vote to be stuck with it?

/johnny

13 posted on 06/21/2012 7:52:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv; nickcarraway

MEGA

WOMBAT

PING


14 posted on 06/21/2012 7:55:33 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: thecodont

Those beady eyes don’t look too bright.


15 posted on 06/21/2012 7:58:10 PM PDT by DManA
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To: thecodont; DManA; nickcarraway; JRandomFreeper
Hey, there was a FR thread on that story:Pipe Blockage's Furry Culprit (Wombat)
16 posted on 06/21/2012 7:58:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well, yeah, true enuff, but yet I could just peel them off the road in the near future and toss them on the grill provided they’re still warm....the little fellers have a short half-life round here. Clever as they are otherwise, they just don’t *get* the traffic thing.


17 posted on 06/21/2012 7:59:05 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: JRandomFreeper
Pigeon-toed and with a backward-facing pouch large enough to carry an adult human

Could be an ancestor of the Flying Purple People Eater.

18 posted on 06/21/2012 7:59:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: JRandomFreeper

Okay, if you solicit the names, I’ll do it.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 7:59:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JRandomFreeper

It’s a woody word.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gwXJsWHupg


20 posted on 06/21/2012 8:01:35 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway


21 posted on 06/21/2012 8:02:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Dysart
Someone in the neighborhood around here doesn't wait for them to not look both ways.

Far be it from me to condone the unlawful taking of vermingame for screwing up the pecan harvest.

Or so I've heard.

/johnny

22 posted on 06/21/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway; All
I know how to solicit:

Anyone wanting to be on the WOMBAT PING LIST, contact nickcarraway.

Now... We need a cool graphic to help with my solicitation. ;)

/johnny

23 posted on 06/21/2012 8:06:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JoeProBono
Can you add a "Wombat ping list" logo to that?

/johnny

24 posted on 06/21/2012 8:07:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

25 posted on 06/21/2012 8:08:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JRandomFreeper

nickcarraway
Since Dec 25, 2001

view home page, enter name:

~ About ~ Links ~ Contact ~ In Forum ~ Mail To ~

Return
nickcarraway hasn’t created an about page.


26 posted on 06/21/2012 8:09:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: G Larry

Mega fauna would be a great name for a pet super store.


27 posted on 06/21/2012 8:09:33 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Dang. I gotta learn to copyright my big ideas before I give them away for free.


28 posted on 06/21/2012 8:10:30 PM PDT by DManA
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have no idea what you’re talking about… so here's a woman with a wombat on her head.

29 posted on 06/21/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A closed mouth gathers no feet


30 posted on 06/21/2012 8:11:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: nickcarraway

Diprotodon, the largest marsupial ever to roam the earth, weighing up to 2.8 tonnes, lived between 2mn and 50,000 years ago and died out around the time indigenous tribes first appeared.
***It would suggest that they made for a good barbecue.


31 posted on 06/21/2012 8:11:18 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that a crime? I used to have stuff on there, but I was going to change it and just never got around to putting something new.


32 posted on 06/21/2012 8:12:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t get it.


33 posted on 06/21/2012 8:13:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like a good NATO designation for a Soviet fighter:
Foxbat
Fishbed
Wombat


34 posted on 06/21/2012 8:15:46 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: nickcarraway

HE SPEAKS


35 posted on 06/21/2012 8:21:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: nickcarraway


36 posted on 06/21/2012 8:27:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Kevmo
I'm going to call the '2.8 tonnes' 6160 lbs. I hate ambigious units of measure.

So figure a standard 60% yield rate.

That gives you 3696 lbs of edible meat, bone in, (we'll feed the liver and fiddly bits to un-named frenchmen on the side and not count them).

That gives you, depending on the bone density, about 2500 servings.

You will need 900 lbs of potatoes for 'tater salad.

150 lbs of beans for baked beans.

And everybody can bring a covered dish for deserts and veggies.

Damn... that was a reflex.

I do love a BBQ.

/johnny

37 posted on 06/21/2012 8:37:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

MMMM... sounds tasty. No wonder they died when the ‘indigenous’ tribes showed up.


38 posted on 06/21/2012 8:56:26 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: Kevmo
We're slowly eating our way though the large critters.

There are still billions of chickens and squirrels.

BBQs are fun. I can't wait for the cloning of the first mammoth.

/johnny

39 posted on 06/21/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ping....Huge Mega-Wombat Graveyard...something else found under the ground.
40 posted on 06/21/2012 10:03:53 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: martin_fierro; Tainan; Fred Nerks; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks martin_fierro and Tainan, and thanks nickc for the topic.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


41 posted on 06/22/2012 3:56:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Death assemblage, not "huddled together in a bog". Thanks martin_fierro and Tainan, and thanks nickc for the topic.



42 posted on 06/22/2012 3:56:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: nickcarraway
I like wombats and badgers
43 posted on 06/22/2012 5:35:07 AM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: bgill
The wombat lives across the seas,
Among the far Antipodes.
He may exist on nuts and berries,
Or then again, on missionaries;
His distant habitat precludes
Conclusive knowledge of his moods,
But I would not engage the wombat
In any form of mortal combat.

-- Ogden Nash

44 posted on 06/22/2012 8:37:39 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: nickcarraway
Alternate headline:

Future Oil Reserve Disturbed.

45 posted on 06/22/2012 8:42:56 AM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: nickcarraway
The mega-wombats appeared to have been trapped in boggy conditions at the site after seeking refuge there from extremely dry conditions during a period of significant climate change in ancient Australia, he added

Climate change in ancient times? How... how quaint ;) LOL

46 posted on 06/22/2012 8:51:23 AM PDT by gopheraj
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To: Wizdum
Wombat oil is the best.

Put a wombat in your tank!

47 posted on 06/22/2012 9:29:13 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: JRandomFreeper

They’d have made good pack and transport animals, eh?


48 posted on 06/22/2012 8:03:47 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Ken H; JRandomFreeper; nickcarraway
Article: "Pigeon-toed and with a backward-facing pouch large enough to carry an adult human."

JRandomFreeper: "That's just so wrong, on so many levels."

Article: "Hocknull likened diprotodon to 'a cross between a wombat and a bear but the size of a rhinoceros'. "

Ken H: "Could be an ancestor of the Flying Purple People Eater."

"Pigeon-toed under-growed flyin' purple people eater..."


49 posted on 06/24/2012 5:56:30 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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