Northern Kimberley

Marsupial Lion Thylacoleo carnifex

Language Points

Guugu Yimithirr

This rock painting could be a representation of a ‘Thylacoleo carnifex’ (marsupial lion), the largest predator that ever lived in Australia. This was a carnivorous marsupial that had powerful front limbs and retractable claws. It likely hunted in densely forested environments. Many scientists think it was an ambush predator that leaped onto its prey from among the trees.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication

/289678592_An_ancient_rock_painting_

of_a_marsupial_lion_Thylacoleo_carnifex_

from_the_Kimberley_Western_Australia

English

This rock painting could be a representation of a ‘Thylacoleo carnifex’ (marsupial lion), the largest predator that ever lived in Australia. This was a carnivorous marsupial that had powerful front limbs and retractable claws. It likely hunted in densely forested environments. Many scientists think it was an ambush predator that leaped onto its prey from among the trees.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication

/289678592_An_ancient_rock_painting_

of_a_marsupial_lion_Thylacoleo_carnifex_

from_the_Kimberley_Western_Australia