Diprotodon

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Diprotodon
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Vombatiformes
Family: Diprotodontidae
Genus: Diprotodon
Owen, 1838
Species
  • Diprotodon optatum
  • Diprotodon minor
  • Diprotodon loderi
  • Diprotodon annextans

Diprotodon was the largest marsupial that ever lived. Diprotodon looked like a rhino without a horn. Its feet turned inwards like a wombat’s, giving it a pigeon-toed appearance. It had strong claws on the front feet, so it may have been able to dig up roots to eat. Footprints of its hairy feet have been found, so we know it had fur like a horse rather than being bald like a rhino. Diprotodon is found in sites all over Australia, except in Tasmania.

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