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What are some similarities between an extinct and current Australian organism?
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Australia is home to mammal Marsupials. These are mammals that have a marsupium or pouch where their undeveloped young continue to develop after birth by feeding on mother's milk, protected in a pouch. Marsupials that exist today include: various types of kangaroos, wallaroos and wombats. The common wombat is herbivorous, a tunnel digger and active at night. An extinct giant wombat known as Diprotodon superficially resembled a rhinoceros though without a horn. It had a pigeon-toed appearance. That is due to the fact it had feet turning inward. It had strong claws on the front feet and its pouch opening faced backwards. Fossil footprints show a covering of hair on the feet, which indicates it had a coat similar to a modern wombat. It is believed they went extinct shortly after humans arrived about 50,000 years ago. It was the largest marsupial known thus far to ever have lived.
Posted by trophyhunter1 on July 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM (Answer #1)
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