Prehistoric Wombat May Have Climbed Trees
Recent research into the fossilized remains of Nimbadon lavarackorum, an early relative of the wombat, suggest that it may have lived in treetops approximately 15 million years ago.
The remains were originally found in a cave in Queensland, Australia, in 1990. Researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide examined the fossil and found that the 70kg marsupial had strong limbs to climb tree trunks. Physically, Nimbadon seems to have been close to the koala, and probably behaved similarly.
The original paper can be found here.
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