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Demon Ducks of Doom

July 14, 2006

Demon Duck of Doom” Palaeontologists digging in northern Australia have found fossil evidence of several new species – including a “killer kangaroo“. The flesh-eating marsupial would have lived between 10 and 20 million years ago, scientists say.

The research team has also unearthed evidence of a large carnivorous bird dubbed the “demon duck of doom“.

(Professor Mike Archer) said the killer kangaroos would not have been like the creatures of today.

“There were meat-eating kangaroos with long fangs, and galloping kangaroos with long forearms, which could not hop,” he told The Australian newspaper.

Palaeontologist Sue Hand, who also participated in the dig, told Australian radio that other potentially frightening creatures were unearthed.

“Very big birds… More like ducks, earned the name demon ducks of doom, some at least may have been carnivorous,” she said. “

http://news.bbc.co.uk/../5172292.stm


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