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Marsupials originated in South America, study suggests

 
 
Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 07:34 pm
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Marsupials did not, as had been previously thought, did not get their start in Australia, a new genetic study suggests. Rather, they share a common ancestor in South America.

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/0727-marsupials-south-america/8384089-1-eng-US/0727-marsupials-south-america_full_600.jpg

By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer / July 27, 2010
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2010/0727/Marsupials-originated-in-South-America-study-suggests


So if kangaroos were to answer the US census, they'd have to answer ... Hispanic? Do kangaroos speak Brazilian or Portuguese?
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 08:28 pm
i remember reading a looonnnngggg time ago that marsupials flourished in South America. There was even a marsupial saber toothed tiger.
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margo
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 08:48 pm
I'm not sure about language - most of the critters I've faced appeared to have little or nothing to say.

One, however, did manage to make his intentions known. He almost bowled me over, trying to get at my chocolate caramel slice. Who knew kangaroos liked sweets!? He was taller than I was, too.
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 09:47 pm
They're ours (Australia's) cos we looked after them.

Twisted Evil
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2010 10:02 pm
@tsarstepan,
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Do kangaroos speak Brazilian or Portuguese?


That's like asking if they speak Mexican or Spanish.

Besides, according to that world-renowned documentary, 'Skippy', they use morse code.

Sonny: What's that Skip?
Skippy: tsk tsk tsk
Sonny: Jerry's crashed the helicopter?
Skippy: tsk tsk tsk
Sonny: You call the police Skip and I'll get the first aid kit.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 07:43 am
Possesion is 9 tenths of the law.

I seem to recall a cousin of the platypus shows up in the fossil records for South America.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 07:51 am
South America, Antarctica and Australia were all connected to each other as part of a large landmass called Gondwana.
laughoutlood
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 08:04 am
@dadpad,
I get your drift.
Intrepid
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 11:48 am
@dadpad,
dadpad wrote:

South America, Antarctica and Australia were all connected to each other as part of a large landmass called Gondwana.


Correct, but it was Australia and Antartica that broke away.

So, technically.....
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 04:33 pm
@laughoutlood,
laughoutlood wrote:

I get your drift.

<<<<groan>>>>
Rolling Eyes
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 04:37 pm
@margo,
margo wrote:

I'm not sure about language - most of the critters I've faced appeared to have little or nothing to say.

One, however, did manage to make his intentions known. He almost bowled me over, trying to get at my chocolate caramel slice. Who knew kangaroos liked sweets!? He was taller than I was, too.


I had to look up this so called chocolate caramel slice and after seeing what I saw, I can't say I blame the kangaroo for trying to take it from you. They look feloniously delicious. Twisted Evil
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 05:20 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
Marsupials originated in South America, study suggests

That's impossible because then Plate Tectonics would have to be true, and we know the Earth is only 6k years old. Wink
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 05:40 pm
@rosborne979,
My alternative theory is that marsupials are the original Martians.

Just read their concept and method of communication:
Quote:
Sonny: What's that Skip?
Skippy: tsk tsk tsk
Sonny: Jerry's crashed the helicopter?
Skippy: tsk tsk tsk
Sonny: You call the police Skip and I'll get the first aid kit.

That's actual Martian telepathy!
plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jul, 2010 06:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
Well, of course, which is why they are MARSupials.
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