Australia’s Lost Giants

Colossal Kangaroos, 5-metre long meat-eating Lizards, and behemoth tortoises.

Australia has notoriously terrifying wildlife. Poisonous snakes, poisonous spiders, SHARKS… you name it, we’ve got it.

Likewise a million years ago during the Pleistocene: the age of the super-sized mammal, we had some pretty terrifying beasts roaming the outback.

Far before humans spawned on the planet, there were giant beasts ruling over the continents. From the Mammoths of Siberia to the giant ground Sloths of South America, little earth housed some mega fauna.

Unlike other continents whose placental mammals dominated the landscape, Australia was all about the giant marsupial.

DiprotonImage: Diproton, the largest-ever marsupial. Weighed two tonnes and looked like a furry rhinoceros Source: Wikimedia Commons

These ancient marsupials were just-a- hop –skip and a jump away from the marsupials of today. They had pouches, they were fluffy, they still jumped, but they were the size of cars and had razor sharp teeth.

These monster Roos weren’t the only mega beasts in Australia. There was somehow room for giant birds, five metre long lizards and crazy swollen tortoises.

DromornisImage: Dromornis: Large geese or ducks they had enormous beaks, nick -named "demon duck of doom". Source: Wikipedia Commons

Imagine seeing that in the middle of the outback.

Are there any alive today?

We probably would’ve noticed them bouncing around in our backyard. And yet, nobody is completely sold on how these creatures died off.

Perhaps it was the first humans?

We know that the large mammals had a spiritual effect on the first humans. Dreamtime depicts enormous creatures patrolling the surface of Australia. 

MeiolaniaImage: Meiolania: a monster tortoise with horns on its head it was 2.5 metres long. Source: Wikimedia Commons 

But what happened to these crazy beasts remains a mystery.

And who knows, maybe like the loch ness monster in Scotland we’ll ‘find’ a giant wombat rolling around Uluru.

Header: Thylacoleo Source: Wikipediacommons

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