Ancient tree-climbing wombat behaved like a koala

Published on November 23rd, 2012 | by Admin


Researchers in Australia are reporting that 15 million years ago the Nimbadon lavarackorum, basically a human-sized wombat, hugged trees and behaved like modern-day koalas.

Previous analysis of the skull, teeth and jaw of nimbadon revealed the animal ate leaves, says Black.

But this is the first time the full skeleton has been described, revealing nimbadon was a 70-kilogram highly specialised climber.

“It was quite unusual to find such a big animal up in the tree tops,” says Black.

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Story: Anna Salleh, ABC | Photo: Peter Schouten

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