Australia's extinct animal: Alcoota Kolopsis, Kolopsis torus Click to enlarge image
Alcoota Kolopsis (Kolopsis torus) Image: A Musser
© A Musser

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    torus
    Genus
    Kolopsis
  • Size Range
    Length (head and body): 1.5 m; 80cm tall (at the shoulder)
  • View Fossil Record
    Fossil Record
    Miocene Epoch
    (24 million years ago - 5 million years ago)

Lived

8 million years ago, late Miocene.

Description

The Alcoota Kolopsis is a diprotodontoid marsupial that browsed on leaves and stems in the subtropical open woodlands. Its closest living relatives are the wombats and Koalas.

The Alcoota Kolopsis lived at a time in Australia when big, lumbering diprotodontoids outnumbered kangaroos in number of kinds and number of individuals.

Fossils

Fossils of the Alcoota Kolopsis come from Alcoota Station in the Northern Territory. A complete skull has been found, as well as some individual teeth.

Did you know?

Alcoota Kolopsis probably travelled in large herds.