Skeleton of giant marsupial discovered

Melbourne: Palaeontologists have uncovered what they say is the first complete skeleton of the world’s largest marsupial which roamed Australia between 25,000 and two million years ago.

The remains of the prehistoric monster known as diprotodon — a large three tonne, hippopotamus-sized version of the common wombat — have been found during an ongoing dig in north-west Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria region, the ABC reported.

Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals who give birth to relatively undeveloped young animals.

They are best known for the Australian members of the family like the kangaroo, wallaby and the koala.

“What we’re seeing here is the biggest marsupial that ever lived in the world; a three tonne monster that was walking around this land somewhere between 50,000 and two million years ago. And this was its last stand,” he said.