13 July 2006

Palaeontologists display a certain talent for self-promotion

Killer Kangaroo Fossils Found

Palaeontologists digging in northern Australia have found fossil evidence of several new species, including what they say is a "killer kangaroo". The scientists say the frightening, flesh-eating marsupial would have lived between 10 and 20 million years ago.

The research team has also unearthed evidence of a large carnivorous bird they dubbed the "demon duck of doom".

The dig site in north west Queensland has yielded remains of at least 20 previously unknown creatures. The team from the University of New South Wales now plans to study the fossils in detail, to see what effect changing climate had on their development.

- NewsRoom, 13 July 2006

[Courtesy of Junglette]

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