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Marsupialia

Metatheria, Kangaroos, koalas, gliders, wombats, opossums, bandicoots, bilbies, etc.

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Containing group: Mammalia

Other Names for Marsupialia

References

Amrine-Madsen, H., M. Scally, M. Westerman, M. J. Stanhope, C. Krajewski and M. S. Springer. 2003. Nuclear gene sequences provide evidence for the monophyly of australidelphian marsupials. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28(2):186-196.

Barrantes, G. E. and L. Daleffe. 1999. Allozyme genetic distances and evolutionary relationships in marsupials of North and South America. Acta Theriologica 44:233-242.

Burk, A., M. Westermann, D. J. Kao, J. R. Kavanagh and M. S. Springer. 1999. An analysis of marsupial interordinal relationships based on 12S rRNA, tRNA, and cytochrome bsequences. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 6:317-334.

Cifelli, R. L. 1993. Early Cretaceous mammal from North-America and the evolution of marsupial dental characters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 90:9413-9416.

Cifelli, R. L., T. B. Rowe, W. P. Luckett, J. Banta, R. Reyes, and R. I. Howes. 1996. Fossil evidence for the origin of the marsupial pattern of tooth replacement. Nature 379:715-718.

Colgan, D. J. 1999. Phylogenetic studies of marsupials based on phosphoglycerate kinase DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 11:13-26.

Graves, J. A. M. and M. Westerman. 2002. Marsupial genetics and genomics. Trends in Genetics 18:517-521.

Hershkovitz, P. 1992. Ankle bones: The Chilean opossum Dromiciops gliroides Thomas, and marsupial phylogeny. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 43:181-213.

Horovitz, I. and M. R. Sánchez-Villagra. 2003. A morphological analysis of marsupial mammal higher-level phylogenetic relationships. Cladistics 19:181-212.

Kirsch, J. A. W., A. W. Dickerman, O. A. Reig, and M. S. Springer. 1991. DNA hybridization evidence for the Australasian affinity of the American marsupial Dromiciops australis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 88:10465-10469.

Kirsch, J. A. W., F. J. Lapointe, and M. S. Springer. 1997. DNA-hybridisation studies of marsupials and their implications for metatherian classification. Australian Journal of Zoology 45:211-280.

Luckett, W. P. 1994. Suprafamilial relationships within Marsupialia: resolution and discordance from multidisciplinary data. J. Mamm. Evol 2:255-288.

Marshall-Graves, J. A. 1996. Mammals that break the rules: genetics of marsupials and monotremes. Annual Review of Genetics 30:233–266.

Marshall Graves, J. A. and M. Westerman. 2002. Marsupial genetics and genomics. Trends in Genetics 18:517-521.

Meredith, R. W., M. Westerman, J. A. Case, and M. S. Springer. 2008. A Phylogeny and timescale for marsupial evolution based on sequences for five nuclear genes. Journal of Mammalian Evolution. doi:10.1007/s10914-007-9062-6

Muirhead, J. 2000. Yaraloidea (Marsupialia, Peramelemorphia), a new superfamily of marsupial and a description and analysis of the cranium of the Miocene Yarala burchfieldi. Journal of Paleontology 74:512-523.

Nilsson, M. A., A. Gullberg, A. E. Spotorno, U. Arnason, and A. Janke. 2003. Radiation of marsupials after the K/T boundary: evidence from complete mitochondrial genomes. Journal of Molecular Evolution 57:S3-S12.

Nowak, R.M. 1999. Walker's Mammals of the World. Sixth Edition. Volume I. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Phillips, M. J., P. A. McLenachan, C. Down, G. C. Gibb, and D. Penny. 2006. Combined mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences resolve the interrelations of the major Australasian marsupial radiations. Syst. Biol 55:122-137.

Phillips, M. J. and R. C. Pratt. 2008. Family-level relationships among the Australasian marsupial “herbivores” (Diprotodontia: Koala, wombats, kangaroos and possums). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46(2):594-605.

Retief, J. D., C. Krajewski, M. Westerman, R. J. Winkfein, and G. H. Dixon. 1995. Molecular phylogeny and evolution of marsupial protamine p1 genes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 259:7-14.

Rougier, G. W., J. R. Wible, and M. J. Novacek. 1998. Implications of Deltatheridium specimens for early marsupial history. Nature 396:459-463.

Sánchez-Villagra, M. R., S. Ladevèze, I. Horovitz, C. Argot, J. J. Hooker, T. E. Macrini, T. Martin, S. Moore-Fay, C. deMuizon, T. Schmelzle, and R. J. Asher. 2007. Exceptionally preserved North American Paleogene metatherians: adaptations and discovery of a major gap in the opossum fossil record. Biology Letters 3(3):318-322.

Springer, M. S., J. A. W. Kirsch, and J. A. Case. 1997. The chronicle of marsupial evolution. Pages 129-161 in: Molecular Evolution and Adaptive Radiation. T. J. Givnish and K. J. Sytsma, eds. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Springer, M., M. Westerman, and J. A. W. Kirsch. 1994. Relationships among orders and families of marsupials based on 12S ribosomal DNA sequences and the timing of the marsupial radiation. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 2:85-115.

Springer, M. S., M. Westerman, J. R. Kavanagh, A. Burk, M. O. Woodburne, D. J. Kao, and C. Krajewski. 1998. The origin of the Australasian marsupial fauna and the phylogenetic affinities of the enigmatic monito del monte and marsupial mole. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 265:2381-2386.

Trofimov, B. A. and F. S. Szalay. 1994. New Cretaceous marsupial from Mongolia and the early radiation of Metatheria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 91:12569-12573.

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Scientific Name Phascolarctos cinereus
Location Koala Sanctuary, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Male
Source koala
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2006 John Carney
Scientific Name Macropus rufus
Location near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Behavior a ferocious fight between two male kangaroos
Sex Male
Source Boxing kangaroos 2
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2006 Julian Robinson
Scientific Name Sarcophilus harrisii
Location Tasmania, Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Tasmania_0906
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2007 Andrew Moor
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