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Mukupirna nambensis

A new extinct family of giant wombat relatives has been discovered in the Australian desert. The giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a new family to accommodate it.

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A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about five million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote north-western Queensland.

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Pound for pound, Australia's extinct marsupial lion would have made mincemeat of today's African lion had the two big hyper-carnivores ever squared off in a fight to the death, according to an Australian scientist.