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

Lee J. Siegel, University of Utah 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 – showing how co-evolution helped marsupials and made Aborigines into unintentional conservationists. “We have uncovered a framework that allows us to predict when human subsistence practices might be detrimental to the...

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

NERP Environmental Decisions Hub Australian citizens are pitching in to help save the koala, one of our most iconic and vulnerable species, environmental scientists say. By linking the public’s sightings of koalas with changes in the landscape and climate, scientists from the National Environmental Research Program’s Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP EDH) have quantified how many threats affect koala populations in New South Wales (NSW) and have identified the impact of these...

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

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The study, published online in Biology Letters, was co-authored by Associate Professor Maxwell Donelan from the Simon Fraser University, and Associate Professor Rodger Kram from...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Koalas can often be seen lazily wrapped around a tree branch on a hot summer’s day and a new report in the journal Biology Letters revealed that this behavior helps to cool the marsupials down. 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...

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 (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 U koala bag, the hands-free leg holster bag inspired by the Koala Bear, announced today that they are celebrating their one-year anniversary. Since its debut in 2013, U Koala Bag has enjoyed success all over the globe. Originally only available online, U koala bag is now available from more than twenty-five...

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,...


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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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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