Image: Diprotodon optatum

Diprotodon optatum

The massive Diprotodon optatum, from the Pleistocene of Australia, was the largest marsupial known and the last of the extinct, herbivorous diprotodontids.

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Anne Musser
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Tags diprotodon, extinct, mammals, marsupials, Pleistocene, Pliocene, Darling Downs, Cuddie Springs, Wellington Caves, Tambar Springs, Bacchus Marsh, Lake Callabonna, Naracoorte, Burra, Lost Kingdoms, herbivore, herbivorous,

3 comments

Ozchris - 12.03 AM, 06 March 2012
The illustrations and info is... terrific. But it would be great to get a little bit more of a bio on them. Stuff like when they became extinct, why, diet perhaps. Also, scale would be really helpful. Thanks! :)
Ondine Evans - 11.11 AM, 24 November 2009

It would be most unlikely for anyone to have seen this particular animal as it has been extinct for at least 25, 000 years! Today, our largest endemic mammalian herbivores in Australia would be the macropods (kangaroos and wallabies), whose distant ancestors were also once much larger in many cases. Our website has much more information on Australia's extinct animals if you want to explore the world of megafauna, as well as the evolution of today's biota.

waratah - 11.11 PM, 18 November 2009
i have seen sightings very interested if anyone els as seen this animals.

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