The Monaro is not known for its fossils, but the discovery of a megafauna bone has sent shock waves through to the Australian Museum.
After reading a PhD thesis by Angela Davis, on local fossil sites on the Monaro, local resident Neil Murdoch decided to take a look for himself at a site near Cooma.
Mr Murdoch went fossicking last Friday with a friend, a palaeontologist and his young daughter Mathilda, and was astonished to find a rare fossil almost immediately.
“It was sitting up, exposed by erosion and sheep activity,” Mr Murdoch said.
Mr Murdoch called the Museum of Sydney about his find.
Curator of palaeontology at the museum, Matt McCurry came down the very next day and said it was a very rare find.
“Matt said it was an intact, right side of a lower jawbone of a juvenile Diprotodon,” Mr Murdoch said.
“The Sydney Museum does not have any juvenile Diptrodons, so he was very excited to take it back for the collection.”
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