Date 27.09.2017

Wombat Annual Migration!

It is being compared to the migration of the wildebeest in Africa.

Scientists have discovered that Australia’s extinct diprotodon probably also made extended yearly treks across the continent in the search of food.

The animal, which was a type of enormous wombat, left revealing chemical clues due to its behaviour in its teeth.

Investigations led by the University of Queensland, proposes that the creature would make regular round-trip journeys of up to 200km.

“It goes back to that ancient saying ‘you are what you eat’, because the chemicals of the food they consumed became part of their teeth. But it’s also correct that ‘you are where you ate’, especially if you are a plant-eater, because the geochemistry of the soils where plants grow also become fixed into an herbivore’s tooth,” stated Dr Gilbert Price.

The animal, which stood about 1.8m tall at the shoulder, vanished just over 40,000 years ago, perhaps as a result of human hunting pressure and climate change.

Dr Price claims no modern marsupial makes an annual migration, although kangaroos will cover large distances on a travelling basis.

Almost a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope make a yearly round-trip through the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem that overlaps Kenya and Tanzania, to take benefit of the best feeding grounds.

Source: BBC