I wish I could have seen one of these critters.
bq.. Analyses of ancient fossils suggest that early Australian Aborigines did not wipe out the continent’s megafauna in a frenzied hunting rampage. New research conducted by Australian and British scientists reveals that in fact humans and megafauna, such as gigantic three tonne wombat-like creatures, a ferocious marsupial “lion” and the world’s all-time biggest lizard, may have co-existed for around 15 000 years.
In a study published in the prestigious scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, a research team including co-authors Dr Judith Field of the University of Sydney and Dr Clive Trueman of the University of Portsmouth establish that some Australian megafauna, including the largest animals, persisted until around 30,000 years ago, coexisting with humans for at least 15,000 years.
p. Full article is available here.
!-/IMAGES/megawombat.jpg (Megawombat vs Bert Convy)!
Image 1: Megawombat compared to Bert Convy