Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus)

Depicted in Rock Art

In his book, Australian Mammal Extinctions, Chris Johnson refers to paintings in Arnhem Land that were mentioned by Murray & Chaloupka (1984), of what are believed to be accurate paintings of echidnas. There are 2 different types of echidna depicted in the paintings, the short-beaked echidna that still survives, and the long-beaked echidna, Zaglossus, that went extinct in Australia with the rest of the megafauna, but still survives in New Guinea.

Sources & Further reading

  • Chris Johnson, Australia's Mammal Extinctions, a 50,000 year history, Cambridge University Press, 2006

 

Author: M. H. Monroe
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