Zaglossus robustus

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Zaglossus robustus
Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Monotremata
Family: Tachyglossidae
Genus: Zaglossus
Species: Z. robustus
Binomial name
Zaglossus robustus
(Dun, 1895)
  • Ornithorhynchus maximus Dun, 1895
  • Zaglossus harrissoni Scott and Lord, 1922

Zaglossus robustus is an extinct species of long-beaked echidna known from the middle Miocene (about 13 or 14 million years ago) of Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia.[1] It may belong in the genus Megalibgwilia. The supposed fossil platypus Ornithorhynchus maximus was based on a humerus of this species.[2]


  1. ^ Musser, 2003, p. 934
  2. ^ Musser, 1999, p. 8; Hall, 1999, p. 213

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