What is megafauna?
‘Megafauna’ means giant (mega) animal life (fauna). Giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and whales are all examples of modern day megafauna.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs around 60 million years ago a lot of the animals got big. Real big.
In Australia there were:
giant wombats known as Diprotodon – DI-proto-DON. These animals grew to be about 3 meters (c. 10 feet) long, 2 meters (c. 6 1/2 feet) tall and weighed around 2600kg. The diprotodon was a little smaller than a modern day hippopotamus
& giant kangaroos – Procoptodon goliah – these are thought to be the largest kangaroos ever to have lived. Some reached a height of about 2 meters and weighed in at around 200 kg (c.440 pounds).
Symmetry would have been very important in the megafauna. Their massive size required them to be well balanced to move efficiently and hold up their massive weight. Symmetrical bone structure
Ninja – what megafauna roamed where you currently live?
Ninja 2 – Some think the diprotodon my have co-existed with Australian aboriginals for around 20 000 years.
Castoroides – CASS-tor-OY-deez Moa Palaeoloxodon Ground sloth