Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Time to Talk about Megafauna; Fossil Hunter to Give Insight

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Time to Talk about Megafauna; Fossil Hunter to Give Insight

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WHO: Palaeontologist Ian Sobbe

WHAT: a[approximately]Megafaunaa[degrees]not just diprotodons' exhibition.

WHERE: Cobb and Co Museum, Lindsay St, Toowoomba

WHEN: 2.30pm, August 6

THE stories behind some of the biggest creatures to roam the earth is set to be revealed as part of a new display in Toowoomba's Cobb and Co Museum.

Darling Downs farmer and palaeontologist Ian Sobbe will provide plenty of insight during a presentation on megafauna to be held at the museum on Wednesday.

While megafauna are often mistaken for dinosaurs, Mr Sobbe explains that they are actually quite different.

"Dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, whereas megafauna are extinct marsupials, reptiles and birds that lived two million years ago and died out around 30 to 40 thousand years ago," he said.

"Diprotodons, the marsupial the size of a rhinoceros, have become synonymous with megafauna but there were more than 60 species of animals living on the Darling Downs in the late Pleistocene era. …

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