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5 Interesting Facts About Southern Brown Bandicoots

Last week, my class went on an excursion to the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, where I saw a little animal that looked like a large brown rat.   263 more words


V is for Vombatus ursinus! Cryptic wombats, and their roll-proof poo. #MelaleucaMiscellany

The wombats of Melaleuca are a cryptic lot, known only by their rather ambitious toilet habits.  Over the whole month we were in Melaleuca, I didn’t see a single wombat, probably because they are nocturnal, and I am not.   152 more words


Fieldwork report – Linda-Liisa from Tasmania (part 2)

/Here is another report from our PhD-student Linda-Liisa Veromann, who is currently working in Tasmania. Her first blog post can be found here./

I have been in Tasmania for five weeks now and thing are going great. 330 more words

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Q is for Quoll - good looking ginger about town! #MelaleucaMiscellany

“What was that?”

DC and I were wandering around the darkened Melaleuca campsite, looking for a good spot to set up the camera for some star-trails when we heard a loud rustling.   468 more words


P is for Pademelon - the furry hoppers of Melaleuca #MelaleucaMiscellany

Tasmanian pademelons (Thylogale billarierii), contrary to nomenclatorial appearances, are not a fruit.  They are actually a smallish type of macropod (literally, a “big foot”), putting them in the same genetic ball-park as wallabies and kangaroos. 233 more words


Bushrangers Bay, or The Place Where It Finally Happened

I love Chicago, but for once it’s nice to be in a city where, when you leave its limits, there’s actually, like, stuff to do. Most Midwestern cities are surrounded by rolling suburbs and acre upon acre of cornfields. 413 more words


Kanga's Pouch

Why do marsupials, like the kangaroos and koalas, have pouches?  Why do the mother’s first give birth to undeveloped children and watch them crawl to her pouch to then finish developing?   208 more words