In 2006, postdoc Seth Newsome was hired at the Geophysical Laboratory to work on the Australia project, in particular to set up the Gas Bench for carbonate analyses as well as to study the geoecology of the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). In a recent paper (Miller et al., 2005), we had compared the δ13C values of fossil emu and Genyornis eggshell with those of the wombat, an herbivorous grazer. The Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat is still extant in South Australia, so it seemed logical to study this modern organism in order...

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