A group of paleontologists recently discovered a new creature that resembles a wombat, only four times larger, almost like a bear.
- According to CNET, a new study was published in the scientific report on Thursday, revealing the discovery of this creature, “This is very rare, it has its own family classification.”
- The researchers said they discovered a part of the animal’s skull, which was originally discovered in Australia in 1973. It has now been associated with wombats’ ancestors.
- Researchers say that the cousin of this modern wombat is so unique that it has obtained its own marsupial classification.
What is this creature like:
- This creature is called Mukupirna, which means “big bone”
- The creature’s teeth suggest that the animal eats plants most of the time. According to CNET, the animal’s limbs are also strong.
Robin Baker, co-author of the study, said: “Mukupina is clearly an impressive and powerful beast, at least three times the modern wombat.”
- “Koalas and wombats are great animals, but animals like Mucupina show that their extinct relatives are even more extraordinary, many of them giants.”
Larger picture (literally)
In an interview with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Australia, Trevor Worthy, a paleontologist at Flinders University, said the discovery of Mukupirna will eventually happen. He said that this creature is a huge creature only a sign of existence not long ago.
- “It combines the skills of three generations of paleontologists and describes a novel and spectacular member of Australian marsupial radiation, revealing that there were more than 100 kilograms of giants at the end of the Oligocene about 25 million years ago.”
- Gilbert Price, a paleontologist at the University of Queensland, agreed.
- “Research like this shows that you cannot deny the fact that there were large animals long before humans appeared, and they would have been affected by climate change.”