Everyone knows that marsupials carry their young in pockets and are generally confined to Australia. But one thing about marsupials that doesn't get nearly enough attention is the fact that they're cut off from other mammals on Earth is exactly what their survival has depended on—because so-called placental mammals are generally more evolutionarily successful, and have mostly dominated wherever the two classes share an ecosystem. That means that when a marsupial goes extinct, it's like losing a piece of an ancient puzzle that we're still trying to put together. That's what happened to the Tasmanian tiger—or at least, it's what scientists have believed to have happened. But a new expedition aims at settling the question once and for all.
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Written by Curiosity Staff May 5, 2017
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