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Kangaroo fossils give insights into changes in biodiversity

Date published: 16th September 2010
Publication: Science Network WA
Editor: Jaymes Brown
Author: Marisa Wikramanayake
Title: Kangaroo fossils give insights into changes in biodiversity
Link to full article: Kangaroo fossils give insights into changes in biodiversity

Excerpt:

A STUDY on the evolution of kangaroo species could provide information on the effect climate change has on biodiversity.

Dr Natalie Warburton of Murdoch University and Dr Gavin Prideaux from Flinders University examined the skeletal remains of several macropods to determine how each species adapted to its environment.

“By analysing the anatomy, we can map how the kangaroo skeleton has changed over time to adapt to different environments and with changes in climate,” says Dr Warburton.

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Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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