Pian et al., 2013
Obdurodon tharalkooschild is an extinct species of platypus in the genus Obdurodon. It is known from a single tooth found at the Miocene-aged Two Tree Site fossil beds in Riversleigh in Queensland, Australia.
The species was present in the middle and upper Miocene (5–15 million years ago). Due to wear on the tooth suggestive of crushing hard shells (such as those of turtles), O. tharalkooschild is believed to have been carnivorous and estimated to be twice the size of the modern platypus at one metre long. The specific name was chosen in honour of an indigenous Australian creation story for the platypus, where a duck named Tharalkoo gives birth to a chimeric creature after being ravished by a rakali.
- Rebecca Pian, Michael Archer & Suzanne J. Hand (2013). "A new, giant platypus, Obdurodon tharalkooschild, sp. nov. (Monotremata, Ornithorhynchidae), from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 33 (6): 1255–1259. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.782876.
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- AFP (2013-11-05). "Extinct 'Godzilla' platypus found in Australia - Yahoo News UK". Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- "Giant extinct toothed platypus discovered". UNSW Newsroom. 5 November 2013.
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