Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Three Tonne Wombats

Because both Gene and the Queen sent this to me this morning, I am destined to share it in turn:

Early Aussies co-existed with three tonne wombats

It turns out that the "megafauna" (e.g., giant, fantastical monstrous beasts) of Australia likely co-existed with its earliest human inhabitants, who had to dodge "three tonne wombats" and the "world's all-time biggest lizard."

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.

Link to Science Daily

(NB: at least one of the links above is a lie!)

I saw the woodchuck--and discovered its burrow. No wonder it did so well at Not Being Seen -- there's a little hole right in the side of the rise. Saw a turtle hurtling toward disaster (well, okay, slowly crawling) and set it back away from the busy road, going in the opposite direction. It had disappeared by the time I walked back down the hill. I know it's an exercise in futility, but I couldn't stand to see another pancake turtle today.

1 comment:

C. Margery Kempe said...

Hmmmm -- I found on this site that a group of wombats is called a "mob" and a baby wombat, not surprisingly, is called a "joey" [I was looking up what baby martens were called, so that's why I found this].

Of course the best thing: "The wombat has unusual, cube-shaped dung." [!]