Giant Wombat Doubles

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Giant wombat doubles in size, according to a report in New Scientist 27 September 2003, p20. Stephen Wroe of the University of Sydney studied the relationship between limb bone size and total body size in living mammals and then applied their results to fossil mammals, which are only known from their bones. Using this method, Wroe and his colleagues estimated that an extinct giant wombat known as Diprotodont weighed in at 2.5 tonnes, double the previous estimate. If the estimate is correct it casts doubt on the prevailing belief that Australian soils were too poor to support the abundant vegetation needed to provide enough nutrients for giant animals. Wroe commented "Our work obviously undermines this interpretation of Australia’s mammalian faunas as the poor runts of the continental litter."

Editorial Comment: According to Genesis the world started out with a perfect environment, i.e. lush vegetation growing in thick rich soils providing nutrients for creatures of all sizes. During Noah’s flood there was massive erosion and land would have been scoured of soil leaving some regions of the world with thin, nutrient poor soils unable to support lush vegetation. Fossilised giant animals and the giant plants that sustained them are testimony that the world is degenerating, not evolving upwards. (Ref. Diprotodont, mammals, soil)

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