Latest Mammals of Australia Stories
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Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from some of these giant kangaroos - the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago.
Scientists are calling it Eohupehsuchus brevicollis.
Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options
Australia’s Aboriginal Martu people hunt kangaroos and set small grass fires to catch lizards, as they have for at least 2,000 years. A University of Utah researcher found such man-made disruption boosts kangaroo populations.
Australian citizens are pitching in to help save the koala, one of our most iconic and vulnerable species, environmental scientists say.
According to a new multi-institutional study of red kangaroos, it has been found that when grazing on all fours, these marsupials use their tail as an extra leg. While grazing, the tail helps with movement by pushing the kangaroo forward as it walks.
Using thermal imaging technology, study researchers observed koalas hugging tree branches and trunks on French Island, situated just east of Melbourne, Australia. While the animals can pant and lick their fur to stay cool, these methods can lead to dehydration, the study team said.
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A new study reveals that the dingo is a distinctly Australian animal and sheds new light on the creature's defining physical characteristics.
The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), once called the spiny anteater, is the sole member of its genus and one of four remaining species of echidna. It resides in Australia and New Guinea, residing in a variety of habitats including grasslands, forests, coasts, and in agricultural areas. This species was first described in 1792 by George Shaw, who named it Myrmecophaga aculeate, believing it to be a relative of the anteater. Its name has changed four times since its first...
Tachyglossidae is a family that holds eight species of echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters, four of which are known only from fossils. The remaining four species, which include the platypus, can only be found in New Guinea and Australia. They prefer to reside in wooded areas and can be found under piles of vegetation, roots, and occasionally inside the burrows of other animals. This family is named after the "Mother of All Monsters" in Greek mythology, although the two do not resemble...
The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the marsupial anteater, banded anteater, or the walpurti, is a marsupial that can be found in Western Australia. This species once held a large range but it is now fragmented and limited to only a few small spots in Australia. It once resided in many habitats, but now it can only be found in eucalypt forests. Europeans first discovered this species in 1831, when Robert Dale led an expedition through the Avon Valley. George Robert Waterhouse...
Antechinus is a genus of marsupials in the Dasyuridae family that can be found in Australia and New Guinea. Its range includes Tasmania and other outlying areas of Australia. Common names for members of this species include pouched mice, broad-footed marsupial mice, and antechinus shrews, but these names are often considered outdated or limited to certain regions of the species’ range. They can reside in a number of habitats including temperate rainforests, healthy woodlands, swamps, and...
The western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii), also known as the western native cat and by many native names, is a species of marsupial that can be found in Australia. This species once held a large range, but it is now limited to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. It prefers to reside in arid and moist mallee and sclerophyll forests. It was first described by John Gould in 1841, when it was abundant in Australia. It is most closely related to the recently described bronze quoll, which is...
- An excessive appetite for food.
- The eating of many different types of food.