Giant Kangaroo

Mystery Marsup ial of Australia. Variant name: Kuperree. Distribution: Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Significant sighting: The Aborigines of Port Lincoln had a legend of the extinction of a Giant kangaroo named Kuperree.

Possible explanation: The Eastern gray kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) was much larger during the Late Pleistocene, perhaps twice as massive. Specimens now grow no greater than a body length of 5 feet, with a tail at least 3 feet long. Buried in a swamp near Lancefield, Victoria, are the remains of thousands of giant

Macropus fossils that died about 26,000 years agĀ°.

Sources: William Anderson Cawthorne, Legend of Kuperree, or the Red Kangaroo: An Aboriginal Tradition from the Port Lincoln Tribe (Adelaide, Australia: Alfred N. Cawthorne, 1858); Charles Barrett, The Bunyip and Other Mythical Monsters and Legends (Melbourne, Australia: Reed and Harris, 1946), pp. 79-80.

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