Tuesday, April 19, 2011

PREHISTORIC MARSUPIAL - TRACES AT CANBERRA


Apparently Black Mountain in Canberra was once home to giant Wombats. I found this series of newspaper clippings reporting the discovery of a 9 inch long prehistoric Diprotodon tooth. These ancient marsupials were the size of an elephant.

The tooth was unearthed  whilst excavating for the Commonwealth Entomological Building in 1929 at the base of Black Mountain. Diprotodons are thought to have become extinct around 50,000 years ago and several theories for their demise include climate change, human hunting and native land management practices. All the major newspapers published a small report on the find...

The Mercury - 27 August 1929



The Argus - 27 August 1929




The Register News-Pictorial - 27 August 1929




The Sydney Morning Herald - 27 August 1929




The West Australian - 27 August 1929



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4 comments:

  1. Oh wouldn't it be great if these were still here! We would of course require stronger fences!!! But it would be worth it.
    Great post, thank you.
    Keith.
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'm surprised the boffins arent still researching. I wonder what they would find if they had a good look around.

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  3. Any idea of the tooth's whereabouts since then?

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  4. Unfortunately no. If any other readers have an idea of the tooth's location please comment here.

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