Zygomaturus

Name: Zygomaturus ‭(‬large cheeks‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zy-go-mat-yur-us.
Named By: Ricahrd Owen‭ ‬-‭ ‬1858.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Marsupialia,‭ ‬Diprotodontia,‭ ‬Diprotodontidae.
Species: Z.‭ ‬trilobus‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬diahotensis,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬gilli,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬keanei,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬nimborensis.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Credited as being between‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬and‭ ‬2.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Australia,‭ ‬Papua New Guinea,‭ ‬New Caledonia.
Time period: Messinian of the Miocene through to the end of the Pleistocene.
Fossil representation: Many individuals.

       A relative of the more famous Diprotodon,‭ ‬Zygomaturus was another of the exceptionally large wombats that once roamed around Australia.‭ ‬As a genus Zygomaturus has been envisioned as preferring to live around waterways such as rivers and lakes where they could browse upon the aquatic plants that grew around the water’s edge.‭ ‬Like with much of the Australian mega fauna,‭ ‬Zygomaturus seems to have gone extinct at around the same time that the first aboriginal people arrived in Australia.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Le pretendu rhinoceros de Nouvelle Caledonie est un marsupial‭ (‬Zigomaturus diahotensis nov.‭ ‬sp.‭) ‬-‭ ‬Geobios‭ ‬14‭(‬2‭)‬:201-217‭ ‬-‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Guerin,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬H.‭ ‬Winslow,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Piboule‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬Faure‭ ‬-‭ ‬1981.



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