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2014-04-10 12:28:55

The biggest known carnivorous marsupial of the modern era – the Tasmanian tiger - or thylacine - went extinct in the early 20th century. Now, researchers have found that a distant, ancient relative of the thylacine was able to hunt down prey larger than itself.

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

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.

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2010-11-03 11:57:48

The mysterious origins of Australia's bizarre and secretive marsupial moles have been cast in a whole new and unexpected light with the first discovery in the fossil record of one of their ancestors.

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2010-07-09 08:00:00

The remains of a strange, prehistoric saber-tooth cat have been unearthed in an ancient former rainforest in Australia, scientists said Thursday.

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2009-12-20 09:10:00

Skull fragments of prehistoric koalas from the Riversleigh rainforests of millions of year ago suggest they shared the modern koala's "lazy" lifestyle and ability to produce loud "bellowing" calls to attract mates and provide warnings about predators.

2009-07-29 10:23:16

A bizarre New Zealand bat that is as much at home walking four-legged on the ground as winging through the air had an Australian ancestor 20 million years ago with the same rare ability, a new study has found.


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2006-12-12 12:50:21

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is a large carnivorous marsupial native to Australia, which is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Marsupial Wolf, and the Tassie (or Tazzy) Tiger or simply the Tiger. It was the only member of its genus, Thylacinidae, although a number of related species have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early Miocene. The Thylacine was extinct on the Australian mainland...

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