Diprotodontidae

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Diprotodontidae
Temporal range: Late Oligocene–Pleistocene
Diprotodon optatum (2).jpg
Restoration of Diprotodon
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Superfamily: Diprotodontoidea
Family: Diprotodontidae
Subfamilies & Genera

Alkwertatherium
Bematherium
Pyramios
Nototherium
Meniscolophus
Euryzygoma
Diprotodon
Euowenia
Sthenomerus
Zygomaturinae

The Diprotodontidae are an extinct family of large marsupials, endemic to what would be Australia, during the Oligocene through Pleistocene periods from 28.4 million to 11,000 years ago.[1] Also referred to as giant wombats, the family includes the largest marsupial that ever lived, the enormous wombat-like Diprotodon.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Diprotodontidae, basic info
  2. ^ Price, Gilbert J.; Ferguson, Kyle J.; Webb, Gregory E.; Feng, Yue-xing; Higgins, Pennilyn; Nguyen, Ai Duc; Zhao, Jian-xin; Joannes-Boyau, Renaud; Louys, Julien (2017-09-27). "Seasonal migration of marsupial megafauna in Pleistocene Sahul (Australia–New Guinea)". Proc. R. Soc. B. 284 (1863): 20170785. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0785. ISSN 0962-8452. PMC 5627191. PMID 28954903.
  • Vertebrate Palaeontology by Michael J. Benton (page 314)
  • Wildlife of Gondwana: Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent (Life of the Past) by Pat Vickers Rich, Thomas Hewitt Rich, Francesco Coffa, and Steven Morton
  • Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution by John A. Long, Michael Archer, Timothy Flannery, and Suzanne Hand (page 77)