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What Do Genomes Have To Say About Marsupial History?

Credit: Phil Spark

Some Australian marsupials bare striking resemblances with South American species, but is this because they are extremely close cousins, or have they adapted independently to living in similar environments? Their DNA might have the answer. Credit: Phil Spark

By David A. Duchêne

Marsupials have walked on Australia for tens of millions of years, and include iconic species like the kangaroo, wombat and bilby. New methods for studying the genomes of marsupials have revealed some surprising aspects of their evolution.

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