Sydney: Climate change not the action of humans, is likely to have led to the dying out of Australia’s giant wombats and kangaroos.
Gilbert Price, who is studying for his PhD at Queensland University of technology, has been analyzing fossils found on a site at Darling Downs in southeast Queensland.
Among the remains of the 44 species found are those of some of Australia’s extinct megafauna, the hippo-sized wombat or diprotodon and the giant kangaroo, which grew to more than three meters tall.
Australian megafauna is believed to have died out about 40000 years ago.
From analyzing all the fossils, Price has discovered that a change in environment correlated to the survival and demise of certain animal species.