Marsupial fossil haul found in Austalian cave

Published on July 20th, 2010 | by Admin


A cave full of 15-million-year-old marsupial remains has been found in a cave in Australia.

The rare haul of fossils includes 26 skulls from an extinct, sheep-sized marsupial with giant claws.

The finds come from the Riversleigh World Heritage fossil field in north-west Queensland.

The beautifully-preserved remains have been described in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

“It’s extraordinarily exciting for us,” said University of New South Wales palaeontologist Mike Archer, co-author of the research.

“It’s given us a window into the past of Australia that we simply didn’t even have a pigeonhole into before.

“It’s an extra insight into some of the strangest animals you could possibly imagine.”

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