Feeds

Bloodthirsty Killeroo terrorised Oz

Can't tie this one down, sport

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Giant murderous toothy kangaroos marauded across the Outback millions of years ago, palaeontologists have revealed.

The discovery was made, along with 20-odd other previously unknown species, during a dig in northwest Queensland by scientists from the University of New South Wales.

Researcher Sue Hand said the 'roos had "well muscled-in teeth, not for grazing. These things had slicing crests that could have crunched through bone and sliced off flesh".

Because of Australia's relative remoteness, marsupials were the only mammal group lucky enough make it there in pre-human days. The lack of competition from others allowed them to diversify to fill niches that might have been occupied by wolves or big cats elsewhere in the world.

Reuters has the chilling fossil evidence here.

Sadly for followers of the never-ending tussle between man, animal and manimal, the beast is long extinct having been around between 10 and 20 million years ago, so Steve Irwin will not be able to goad the Killeroo into having a scrap with him.

As well as the Killeroo - proper name Ekaltadeta - the team described a predatory bird the team excitedly dubbed the "demon duck of doom". ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.