'Ferocious fossils' found in Australia

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    Before there were cuddly koalas, hoards of flesh-eating kangaroos, "demon ducks," and marsupial lions roamed Australia's Outback, according to recent fossil discoveries by paleontologists.


    A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales working in the eastern state of Queensland made the discoveries in three new fossil deposits during a recent two-week dig.

    Many of the fossils are older than 24 million years; one of the deposits is thought to contain fossils up to 500 million years old, according to Prof. Mike Archer, the university's dean of science.

    A saber-toothed kangaroo and a giant 10-foot-tall, 881-pound bird scientists nicknamed the "demon duck of doom" :eek: were among the largely unknown species uncovered in the dig, Archer told reporters Wednesday.

    "They were galloping kangaroos, they didn't hop," Archer said. "They were also far more muscly than the kangaroos we know, with sharp saber-like incisors and powerful forelimbs to help rip and tear their prey."

    The remains of ancient tree-climbing crocodiles and marsupial lions were also uncovered in the rocks.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060713/ap_on_sc/ferocious_fossils&printer=1



     
  2. Cypros

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    Thanks for this, Dark Knight. Australia has produced some amazing creatures over the millennia. I was curious what they looked like and found a website with drawings ad photos (of the fossils):

    "Ravenous Roos"
    http://www.lostkingdoms.com/snapshots/miocene_early_animals_roos.htm

    "Fangaroo"
    http://www.lostkingdoms.com/snapshots/miocene_early_riversleigh.htm

    "Demon Duck of Doom"
    http://www.lostkingdoms.com/snapshots/miocene_late_animals_birds.htm

    Carniverous marsupial
    http://www.lostkingdoms.com/snapshots/pleistocene_animals_pouched.htm

    Giant short-faced kangaroo
    http://www.lostkingdoms.com/snapshots/pleistocene_marsupial.htm
     
  3. narlacat

    narlacat Former Member

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    There have been some great fossil discoveries here in Oz, just like in other parts of the world.
    That demon duck looks scary lol, 10 feet tall :eek: and I don't at all like the sound of that tree climbing crocodile!

    Thanks DK and Cypros for the link and pics.
     
  4. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    Why does Oz get all of the evil creatures? lol! Things haven't changed much in that regards, I don't think. ;)
     
  5. narlacat

    narlacat Former Member

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    Well, we do have some deadly snakes and maybe even a deadly spider or two....but I've never been bitten by any of them lol
    You make it sound like living in Oz is dangerous!
    What other [living] creatures do we have that scare you DK?
    Please enlighten me so I can worry about them LOL
     
  6. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    LOL! Let's see....

    7 of the world's 10 deadlest snakes
    1 or 2 of the worlds deadliest spiders
    huge great white sharks (among the biggest in the world)
    deadly box jellyfish
    huge and mean saltwater crocs (the biggest in the world, iirc)
    and Russell Crowe :D
     
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    Russell Crowe..thats funny:p .
    You forgot to mention our Koalas....they can give a nasty bite.
     
  8. narlacat

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    Yeah funny DK :D

    I'm not fussed with Crowe, he thinks he's pretty good.
    Got an awful temper, not that I can talk :p

    Really we haven't got anything more dangerous than you guys, you guys have crocs or do you have alligators, what's the difference between those two anyway :confused: they both look the same to me lol

    You've got white pointers too, don't they catch alot of them in Florida?
     
  9. narlacat

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    Have you ever had a koala bite Dingo?

    I have never even held one lol
     
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    Ive seen one in zoo:p I didnt get close enough for it to bite me.
     
  11. narlacat

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    LOL

    Yeah I've never felt compelled to pay how ever much it is to hold the cute koala and get your pic taken, looking's enough for me too!
     
  12. dingo

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    They only look placid because they are usually stoned:) Its got something to do with all the gum leaves they eat.
     
  13. Dark Knight

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    Australian Salties are literally twice the size of an American Alligator, and far, far, more aggressive.

    Great Whites are found along California and Florida's coasts, but it seems the ones found around Australia are quite a bit bigger. I have never heard of one of our divers have ever been bitten in HALF like yours have, lol!

    I have also heard about Koalas being meaner than they look!

    And, let's face it, no Demon Duck or Tree Climbing Croc fossils have been found here, either! Oz attracts these things somehow! :crazy:
     
  14. narlacat

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    Must be something in the water down here :p
     
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    Put that in ya pipe and smoke it :p

    How much can a koala bear hahaha
     
  16. Dark Knight

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    And don't forget the famous Australian Drop Bears!!!!! Wear your helmets! :rolleyes:
     
  17. dingo

    dingo Former Member

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    I never venture outside without my helmet:)
     
  18. kahskye

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    This was very interesting. I like the Demon Ducks of Doom and wish we still had some around to toss all of the convicted child molesters to. It sure would free up alot of our tax dollars.

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  19. aussieblue

    aussieblue aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi

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    Yeah got to watch those stoned koalas falling out of the trees.
    Once they hit the ground they go into attack mode NO ankles are safe from their big sharp teefies and claws.


    ~aussieblue
     
  20. aussieblue

    aussieblue aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi

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    No way did we aussies get all the evil creatures because you guys got George Bush :p :rolleyes:

    ~aussieblue
     

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