Bear-Sized Marsupial Once Roamed Australia

Researchers have shed new light on the fossil remains of a huge bear-sized marsupial that once roamed Australia.


The partial skull and most of the skeleton were found in central Australia in 1973. New analysis has revealed that the creature, which lived 25 million years ago, is a new family of marsupials. Experts have named it Mukupirna nambensis, which means “big bones” in the Dieri and Malyangapa Aboriginal languages.

The research is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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