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Researchers Unearth Remains of a Monster Platypus in Australia

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Animal life in the Australian wilderness has always been on the strange and unusual side (including a fair amount of creatures that can straight-up kill you), but a new fossil discovery by a team of researchers suggests an animal that puts many of those beasts to shame: we're talking about a giant carnivorous duck-billed platypus.
 
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Columbia University paleontology student Rebecca Pian has deduced that a fossil tooth (pictured in the inset above) unearthed in Riversleigh, northwest Queensland, could belong to the extinct giant platypus – which bears the truly epic name Obdurodon tharalkooschild. Estimated to have lived between 5 and 15 million years ago, this species could measure up to one and a half meters long, with teeth for catching and eating live prey.
 
This is just one of the many historic fossil discoveries made at Riversleigh, as shown in this clip:
 
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