Palorchestes sp.

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  • Also referred to as the ‘bear-sloth’ marsupial or marsupial ‘tapir’.
  • Lived 4 million — 40,000 years ago.
  • Enormous snout with fleshy nose.
  • Once thought to be a giant version of a tree kangaroo.
  • Very small eyes for the size of its body.
  • Plant eater, probably a browser.
  • Found throughout Australia.
silhouettes of a human and a giant marsupial
Reconstruction of the giant sloth-bear like marsupial, Palorchestes. Image: Queensland Museum, Andrey Atuchin, Rochelle Lawrence & Scott Hocknull.

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