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New platypus-like dinosaur discovered in China

New platypus-like dinosaur discovered in China

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a new species of short-necked, duck-billed marine reptile from the Triassic period that could provide new insight into how life responded following the largest...

Latest Mammals of Australia Stories

Koalas Select Leaves With More Nitrogen, Fewer Toxins
2014-12-08 03:11:38

Koala population distribution may be influenced by eucalyptus leaf toxin and nutrient content, especially in areas with low-quality food options

kangaroo Macropus robustus
2014-08-04 03:00:02

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.

‘Citizen Scientists’ Pitching In To Help Save Our Koalas
2014-07-29 03:36:46

Australian citizens are pitching in to help save the koala, one of our most iconic and vulnerable species, environmental scientists say.

Grazing Red Kangaroos Use Their Tail As An Extra Leg
2014-07-02 10:22:22

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.

Cool Tree Trunks Help Koala Bears Beat The Heat
2014-06-04 09:10:16

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.

2014-04-30 23:21:49

U koala Bag, the designer bag named after and inspired by the Koala Bear, announced today that they are celebrating their one year anniversary. Charlotte, NC

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

A new study reveals that the dingo is a distinctly Australian animal and sheds new light on the creature's defining physical characteristics.

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

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.

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

A QUT mammalogist has discovered a highly sexed mouse-like marsupial in Queensland's Springbrook National Park.

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.


Latest Mammals of Australia Reference Libraries

Short-beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus
2014-08-13 14:53:30

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...

Echidna, Tachyglossidae
2014-06-19 07:53:10

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...

Numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus
2014-05-24 17:24:24

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
2014-05-24 17:15:50

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...

Western Quoll, Dasyurus geoffroii
2014-05-24 17:09:58

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...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.