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Australian Dingo Found To Be A Distinct Species
2014-04-02 07:05:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When I think of a dingo, I think of a sad scene in the Tom Selleck movie, "Quigley Down Under" where the dingoes are attacking and Cora has to decide if she will repeat her mistakes, or let the aboriginal child cry. Like many of you, I'm sure, I considered them to be just another version of a coyote, no different from any other. A new study from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Sydney, however, reveals...

Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns. According to a new paper funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these ice-free periods affect the life cycles of both predators and prey. The research...

New Mouse-like marsupial Discovered In Queensland
2014-02-21 12:41:58

Queensland University of Technology A QUT mammalogist has discovered a highly sexed mouse-like marsupial in Queensland's Springbrook National Park. The Black-tailed Antechinus was found in the high-altitude regions of the World Heritage Area. It's the third new species in the genus Antechinus Dr Andrew Baker's research team has discovered in the past two years, all from south-east Queensland. Dr Baker said he suspected the rare, Black-tailed Antechinus was a separate species when...

2014-01-15 23:29:30

The leading safe-search engine for kids (KidzSearch.com) analyzed millions of searches made in grammar and middle schools during the 2013 school year. The statistics show some very interesting and unexpected results. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 KidzSearch.com, the leading family-safe search engine used by public, private and home schools, analyzed millions of searches done by U.S. school kids over the 2013 school year. The top 10 terms focused on cute animals, shoes and...

Koalas Have A Unique Organ That Allows Mating Calls Similar To Elephants
2013-12-03 04:59:44

[ Watch the Video: Belching For The Ladies, Koala-Style ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Koalas have the appearance of a living teddy bear, inviting many of us to assume they are cute and placid. When mating season starts, however, the males produce a bellow that defies their size and cuteness. As the males inhale, they make a sound somewhat like a creaky door, according to National Geographic reporter Ed Yong. Exhalations sound more like someone belching,...

2013-11-13 23:02:49

Long time sun safety advocates Platypus Australia are doing their bit to help raise skin cancer awareness. The children’s UV swimwear company is actively telling others about the “I Am Sun Smart: Spread the Word” campaign which encourages education about cancer prevention amongst teenagers. Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 The forerunners in teen UV swimwear are doing what they can to help raise awareness for skin cancer as summer quickly approaches the southern hemisphere....

Obdurodon tharalkooschild
2013-11-05 03:26:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of a lone tooth in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of Queensland, Australia, has led to the classification of a new, giant, now-extinct species of platypus known as the Obdurodon tharalkooschild. The new species in the duck-billed, egg-laying mammal’s family is detailed in the latest edition of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and while the precise age of the fossil has not been yet been determined, it...

2013-10-03 12:21:47

TIJUANA, Mexico, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An image of a koala appearing dazed and homeless will be the centre of a large, outdoor installation at the festival Entijuanarte in Tijuana, Mexico from 3 - 6 October 2013. The piece is set to spark debate among the tens of thousands of festival visitors. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131003/LA91650) The installation entitled, 'El koala, presa de su destino' (The koala plagued by his fate) confronts the audience with the...

Dingoes Wrongly Accused Of Animal Extinctions
2013-09-10 17:32:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Ecology say that despite popular belief, the Australian dingo should not be blamed for mass extinctions. Dingoes have been blamed for the extinctions of the Tasmanian tiger and the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago. Instead, the scientists blame Aboriginal populations and a shift in climate. "Perhaps because the public perception of dingoes as 'sheep-killers' is so...

2013-08-18 23:00:39

Babyworld, a popular online resource for UK parents, recently reviewed Platypus Australia’s 2013 summer range. Members have since given 5-star recommendations of the UV-protective infant swimsuits and children’s beachwear. Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) August 19, 2013 Having an excellent reputation amongst parents around the globe for their sun safe swimwear line for children, Platypus Australia just received more accolades for their 2013 summer collection. Babyworld, a helpful online resource...


Latest Mammals of Australia Reference Libraries

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus
2013-09-27 10:45:36

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the bare-nosed wombat or the coarse-haired wombat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes Tasmania and the mountainous areas just south of Queensland, although it is declining in drier areas of its range. It was first described in 1800 by George Shaw and it holds three subspecies. The common wombat has a sturdy body, reaching an average length between 2.6 and 4.2 feet and a weight between 37.4 and 88.1...

Long-nosed Bandicoot, Perameles nasuta
2013-09-26 13:31:49

The long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It is native to Australia where it occurs in a range that extends from Wilsons Promontory to Cooktown, with a small population occurring on the Cape York Peninsula. It prefers a habitat within forested areas with nearby grasslands, but it has been found to reside in human populated areas like city gardens. It can be found at elevations between 3,280 and 4,593 feet above sea...

Western Barred Bandicoot, Perameles bougainville
2013-09-26 13:26:54

The western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville), or the marl, is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It once held a large range in Australia, but now only occurs in Western Australia on the islands of Dorre, Bernier, and Faure. This species reaches an average body length of 1.5 feet and is typically dark in color, with two bands of blackish fur occurring on its hind body. It is active during the morning and evening hours and hunts for worms, insects,...

Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus
2013-09-26 13:23:32

The southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), known locally as the quenda, is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in Southern Western Australia. It is thought that this species holds between one and five subspecies, with I. o. nauticus sometimes being recognized as its only subspecies. The southern brown bandicoot varies slightly in size, displaying a sexual dimorphism with males reaching an average body length of thirteen inches and...

Northern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon macrourus
2013-09-26 13:20:19

The northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found along the eastern and northern coastlines of Australia and on several islands including Papua New Guinea. It prefers to reside in two habitats, depending upon the season, residing in areas with thick vegetation during the dry season and grasslands during the rainy season. It is thought that this yearly migration is caused by varying food abundance....

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