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  • Essay On Marsupials

    The mammals alive today can be traced back to their origins in the late Paleoziec period. Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals that primarily inhibit South America and Australia. Marsupials are one of the three remaining extant of mammals and has many mammalian characteristics. Molecular data suggests that marsupials are an extant mammal clade from the mammal sub-class; Theria (Van Rheede et al, 2006). Marsupials belong to the Metatheria clade and emerged during the Cretaceous period. They dominate the mammalian wildlife in Australia and predominantly inhabit the southern hemisphere, apart from one species inhabiting North America. Marsupials have 280 extant species (No-wak 1991). They are separated into two separate cohorts; Ameridelphia and Australidelphia. Common marsupials include; kangaroos, koalas, wombats and possums. They are characterised by their distinct pouch, in which they carry their young. Marsupials have evolved, along with placental mammals, from Therian mammals. Molecular data suggests that Marsupials separated from Eutherian (placental) mammals approximately 90 million years ago. Australia is the main habitat for marsupials, however there are some in South and North America. As Australia separated from…

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  • Koala Bear Research Paper

    Habitat: highest branches of eucalyptus trees, known as the gum tree. In Aborigine language, the word “koala” means “no water”. Koalas are nocturnal marsupials famous for spending most of their lives asleep in trees. During the day they doze, tucked into forks or nooks in the trees, sleeping for up to 18 hours. This sedentary lifestyle can be attributed to the fact they have unusually small brains and survive on a diet of nutrient-poor leaves. When not asleep a koala feeds on eucalyptus leaves,…

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  • David Fleay Wildlife Park Essay

    The David Fleay Wildlife Park Applied Theatre Project, uses Theatre in Education through roving theatre, interactive performance and a post-performance workshop for young children. This will take place at David Fleay’s Wildlife Park in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast over five days during a week of the September school holidays. The purpose of this work is to educate young children about why it is important to preserve Australia’s native flora and fauna, why it is in danger, and what they themselves…

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  • Phylum Chordate Research Paper

    otherwise called gills. Another similar characteristic all members of the chordate phylum have is a notochord which runs underneath the nerve and helps support it. They also have a dorsal nerve chord, this is a bunch of nerves that run from your organs and mussels connecting them into your brain. All of the phylum Chordata have a post-anal tail at some point in their life, humans have it as an embryo whereas the thylacine has it their whole life. Animal Diversity Web. (2016). Dasyuromorphia…

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  • Red Kangaroo Essay

    Red Kangaroo Research Paper They’re marsupials. Known for their pockets that their joeys stay in, and for their amazing capability of jumping high. The red kangaroo can in fact do both of these things, but has far more interesting features. This species of kangaroo can live in a wide range of habitats, its evolutionary history goes far back, it has amazing adaptations, has close relatives, and have been impacted by humans. Habitat The red kangaroo is among one of the many species of…

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  • Opossum Essay

    Biology, Life Cycle, Habitat, Diet, and Behavior Opossums, unique pouched mammals or marsupials, are considered as successful survivors and settlers in varied conditions and locations. They are prevalent and, even sometimes sought after as sustenance, particularly within the southern part of the United States of America. Appearance A marsupial of American origin, the opossum has a tail similar to that of a rat and posterior feet having a upturned thumb without claws. On the average, it is two…

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  • Egyptian Devil Research Paper

    Tasmanian Devils are carnivorous marsupials that have marveled mankind with its intense strength for its small size. This one foot tall mammal is probably one of the toughest in the world. These nocturnal animals live primarily in Tasmania and Australia. These snarling creatures have a life span average of about five years. In those five years the Tasmanian Devil accomplishes all nine processes of life. As endangerment is concerned, these creatures need lots of love and help from the mankind as…

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  • Why Is Australia Competitively Unique?

    opposite from the rest of western civilisation. It is not hard to understand why Australia is physically unique. How many countries or continents in the world has a koala, kangaroo, emu, platypus, wallaby or a kookaburra in their natural habitat, other than Australia ? None, there is no other continent that has all this Aussie icon other than Australia . Did you know that 80% of all flora, 71% of mammals and birds, 88% of reptile species and 94% of Amphibians in Australia are endemic. This…

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  • Sugar Gliders: Petaurus Breviceps

    their scientific name is Petaurus Breviceps. They are omnivores, and don’t have any population problems, they have a stable population. Some of their characteristics they have and their needs are that that they are very loving, and get their name from eating sweet foods. They get along with house pets like dogs. They usually need big cages and need at least another sugar glider with. They live in the wild or forest in Northern and/or Eastern mainland Australia. They make nests in holes of old…

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  • Baiji River Dolphin Conservation Case Study

    that were not truly imposed. Summary The Baiji River dolphin is most probably extinct today, as there haven’t been any sightings since 2002. It most probably would not be seen at all in the future. Extinct Species- Tasmanian Tiger General Information The Tasmanian Tiger, also known as the Thylacine or the Tasmanian Tiger, is a carnivorous marsupial that resembles a dog. It also goes by its scientific name, which is Thylacinus cynocephalus. The IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre declared the…

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