Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Diprotodontidae — an extinct genus of marsupials.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek δίς (dis, "twice, doubly") + πρωτο- (proto-) (combination form of πρῶτος (protos, "first"), superlative of πρό (pro, "before")) + ὀδών ("tooth") — "two front teeth". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I also have an enormous tooth, about a foot long and still showing its original enamel, and a couple of skull fragments from a Diprotodon giant wombat that I found myself on a geology field trip.

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  • There are many kangaroos, some larger than any living species, and others more allied to the tree-kangaroos of New Guinea; a large wombat as large as a tapir; the Diprotodon, a thick-limbed kangaroo the size of a rhinoceros or small elephant; and a quite different animal, the Nototherium, nearly as large.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Scientists have long argued over what killed off about 50 species of animals weighing more than 45 kilograms, including the gigantic kangaroo, Procoptodon, and the two-tonne wombat-like marsupial Diprotodon, late in the Pleistocene epoch, which stretched from 2.6 million until about 12,000 years ago.

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  • Top row, left to right: Genyornis newtoni, Diprotodon optatum, Procoptodon goliah.

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  • Fossils of super-sized kangaroos, giant birds and the rhino-sized Diprotodon (the largest marsupial ever to roam Australia) were found in the same sedimentary layers as stone tools, leading some scientists to previously claim "unequivocal evidence" of a long overlap of humans and megafauna.

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  • One theory as to why they aren't a disaster is that they fill the niche of browsing megafauna that was left vacant when Diprotodon and other large animals were exterminated when the continent was first inhabited.

    Lounge of the Lab Lemming

  • "On a Stalk-eyed Crustacean from the coal-fields of Paisley"; and "On the Teeth of Diprotodon."), while the paper on the "Anatomy and Development of Pyrosoma," first read on December 1, 1859, was now published in the "Proceedings of the Linnean Society."

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Teeth of Diprotodon. "), while the paper on the" Anatomy and Development of Pyrosoma, "first read on December 1, 1859, was now published in the

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

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