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"That," said he, "is the western -- and Lampton rides the shore circuit; and as for the people on the shore, they know so little of horses that, Lampton tells me, a man from Aylesford once sold a hornless ox there, whose tail he had cut and nicked for a horse of the goliah breed."
Top row, left to right: Genyornis newtoni, Diprotodon optatum, Procoptodon goliah.
Evidence suggests therefore that the P. goliah was hunted to extinction.
Central to the debate has been the demise of the Australian megafauna, including animals such as marsupial lions, hippopotamus-sized wombats and the 2m-tall giant kangaroo Procoptodon goliah.
Now, researchers from Australia and the US have combined radiocarbon dating with a so-called microwear analysis of the teeth of P. goliah to determine what it ate and drank.
Scientists think they have discovered the reason behind the demise of the prehistoric Australian marsupial Procoptodon goliah - better known as the giant, short-snouted kangaroo.