Vombatus hacketti

Hackett’s wombat

Vombatus hacketti is an extinct wombat known from southwestern Australia. The species is known from the late Pleistocene aged Mammoth Cave faunal assemblage, but also from a sedimentary unit aged 21–7 thousand years, indicating that it persisted until at least 21 thousand years ago, and potentially into the Holocene. Fossils indicate that it was larger than its extant relative Vombatus ursinus, which is the only other known member of this genus.

The bones that can be viewed here are all from the holotype specimen from Mammoth Cave, Western Australia.

Specimen number: WAM 60.10.3
Significance of specimen: Holotype
Geological age: Pleistocene
State/territory: Western Australia
Locality/site: Mammoth Cave, Margaret River

Surface scan of the cranium of Vombatus hacketti
The skull of Vombatus hacketti, specimen WAM 60.10.3

Skeletal element: Cranium

Skeletal element: Mandible

View more bones from the Vombatus hacketti holotype

Vertebrae: Cervical vertebra | Sacrum

Forelimb: Humerus (left) | Humerus (right) | Ulnae (left and right) | Radius (right)

Hindlimb: Femur (left) | Femur (right) | Tibia (left) | Tibia (right) | Fibula

Pectoral girdle: Scapula (left and right)

Pelvic girdle: Pelvis (left and right)

Glauert, L. (1910). The mammoth cave. Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.

Jankowski, N. R., Gully, G. A., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R. G., & Prideaux, G. J. (2016). A late Quaternary vertebrate deposit in Kudjal Yolgah Cave, south‐western Australia: refining regional late Pleistocene extinctions. Journal of Quaternary Science31(5), 538-550.