Diprotodon Fossil Recovered In The Northern Territory

The recovery of the Diprotodon fossil is extremely exciting for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mr Conlan said. This is the first ever Diprotodon fossil found in the Territory, and the most northerly specimen ever discovered in Australia. The large Diprotodon fossil was found late last year at a remote site on Auvergne Station, southwest of Katherine. However, the remains were only successfully recovered just a few weeks ago after a complex operation that triumphed against the odds. It is also hoped that the remains will give new insights into what life was like in the Territory during the last Ice Age, between 2.5 million and 12,000 years ago. Easy does it. Picture: MAGNT/ADAM YATES Source: Supplied Not only was the recovery team in a race against time with a fast approaching Wet Season threatening to wash the remains away for ever, but they were also forced to overcome the after effects of Cyclone Alessia, high temperatures, huge thunderstorms, flooding rivers, some major technical problems, a nine metre high cliff and one failed mission last year," Mr Conlan said. Diprotodon were large four-footed marsupials, distantly related to wombats, but growing to the size of a rhinoceros. They lived in Australia from around 2.5 million to about 40,000 years ago. They were part of the megafauna, a suite of large animals that inhabited Australia during the Ice Age when there were large ice caps in the Northern Hemisphere but Australia was dry and arid. The extinction of the megafauna appears to have happened about 40,000 years ago. Dr Adam Yates' illustration of what it probably looked like. MAGNT/ADAM YATES Source: Supplied MAGNT director Pierre Arpin said the successful recovery of the large Diprotodon fossil is an important milestone in helping uncover northern Australias paleontological past. We are thrilled that the recovery team have done so well to secure such an important part of Australias natural history, Mr Arpin said. These bones are a very important scientific specimen in that it is the first articulated vertebrate fossil and the first Diprotodon found in the Territory. visit this page http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/ice-age-nt-diprotodon-dinosaur-fossil-recovered-in-the-northern-territory/story-fnk0b1zt-1226787565431