Tasmanian fossils identified for first time

Published on December 20th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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The fossilized remains of a tusked, wombat-like creature found in Tasmania have been identified for the first time as a dicynodont.

The dicynodont, similar to a mammal, lived about 250 million years ago, predating dinosaurs.

The University of Tasmania unveiled the fossils and images yesterday for the first time, five years after bushwalkers Bob and Penny Tyson stumbled upon the fossil site on the Tasman Peninsula.

Researchers from Queensland Museum and Latrobe University joined UTAS to describe the first dicynodont (pronounced de-sign-adont).

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Story: Michelle Paine, The Mercury | Photo: The Mercury

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