Zygomaturus – a rhino-like marsupial

(zye-go-mat-your-us)

Skeleton of Zygomaturus.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Quaternary

HOW BIG IT WAS

Zygomaturus relative size depiction as described below
Zygomaturus was about 1.5 m long.

With its homely, pushed-in face and solid, stout body, Zygomaturus is sometimes called the ‘marsupial rhino’. This nearly complete skeleton was found in Mowbray Swamp in Tasmania.

Zygomaturus was a robust herbivore that lived in the forested areas of southern Australia. It browsed on low vegetation near water.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Zygomaturus map

This fossil of Zygomaturus was discovered in Tasmania.

RELATED OBJECTS

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