Wellington Range near Djulirri art complex, Northwest Arnhem Land

Giant Long Faced Kangaroo Protemnodon 

Language Points

Guugu Yimithirr

Here is a painting of a very large kangaroo-like animal: the hind feet are very large, the front ones are painted with huge pointed claws and the face is longer than today’s kangaroos. The tail is much broader than today’s kangaroos. Some scientists think this could be the representation of a Protemnodon species that weighed 110-170kg. Today, a big male Eastern Grey Kangaroo weighs up to 90kg.

English

Here is a painting of a very large kangaroo-like animal: the hind feet are very large, the front ones are painted with huge pointed claws and the face is longer than today’s kangaroos. The tail is much broader than today’s kangaroos. Some scientists think this could be the representation of a Protemnodon species that weighed 110-170kg. Today, a big male Eastern Grey Kangaroo weighs up to 90kg.