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Ancient Swingers

Nimbadon skulls representing developmental ages

AL90 has produced dozens of exceptionally well-preserved Nimbadon skulls representing developmental ages from pouch-young (left) to mature adults (right). Credit: K.Black/H. Godthelp

By Karen Black

Skeletons unearthed in a fossil cave in north-western Queensland reveal that 15 million years ago Australia’s ancient forest treetops were home to mobs of 70 kg wombat-like marsupials – the largest tree-dwelling marsupial herbivores to have ever lived.

Karen Black is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of NSW.

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