A big ass kangaroo


Marsupials are cool mammals. The youngsters in are born very, very early. So early, they are the size of a jelly bean. These pink wrinkly little joeys develop for several months outside of the womb protected inside a nice warm, cosy pouch. Immediately they can climb up the pouch with well-developed arms to find their mothers teat to feed the nutritious milk. A pretty impressive start to life. The more familiar marsupials are the cute (but ferocious) koala (Phascolatctos cinerus), the funky looking kangaroos (Macropodidae), and the cuddly wombats (Vombatidae). All of these are Australian, but there are some marsupials living in South America too, including a very large number of different, but rather delightful, genera of opossums (Didelphidae) and the unbelievably adorable monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides).

Ancestors of marsupials have been discovered in China in rocks from around 120 million years…

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