Euryzygoma

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Euryzygoma
Temporal range: Pliocene to Pleistocene
Euryzygoma BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Suborder: Vombatiformes
Family: Diprotodontidae
Genus: Euryzygoma
Species: E. dunense
Longman, 1921

Euryzygoma is an extinct genus of marsupial which inhabited humid eucalyptus forests in Queensland and New South Wales from the Pliocene to the Late Pleistocene of Australia.[1][2] Fossils assigned to Euryzygoma suggest that the last species went extinct in the Quaternary extinction event.[3] Euryzygoma is believed to have weighed around 500kg,[4] and differed from other diprotodonts in having unusual, flaring cheekbones that may have been used either for storing food or for sexual display.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fossilworks: Euryzygoma". fossilworks.org. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Anaspides.net". www.anaspides.net. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Megafauna". austhrutime.com. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  4. ^ MacPhee, R. D. E. (1999-06-30). Extinctions in Near Time. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9780306460920. 
  5. ^ Long, John A.; Archer, Michael (2002-01-01). Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution. UNSW Press. ISBN 9780868404356. 
  • "Australia's Lost World: Prehistoric Animals of Riversleigh" by Michael Archer, Suzanne J. Hand, and Henk Godthelp
  • "Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution" by John A. Long, Michael Archer, Timothy Flannery, and Suzanne Hand