Tree-kangaroos of Australia and New Guinea
Csiro Publishing, Jul 4, 2005 - Science - 168 pages
To many people, the suggestion that a kangaroo could live up a tree is fantasy. Yet, in the rainforests of Far North Queensland and New Guinea, there are extraordinary kangaroos that do just that. Many aspects of these marsupials' anatomy and biology suggest a terrestrial kangaroo ancestor. Yet no one has, so far, come forward with a convincing explanation of how, why and when mammals that was so superbly adapted for life on the ground should end up back in the trees. This book reviews the natural history and biology of tree-kangaroos from the time of their first discovery by Europeans in the jungles of West Papua in 1826 right up to the present day, covering the latest research being conducted in Australian and New Guinea. Combining information from a number of disparate disciplines, the author sets forth the first explanation of this apparent evolutionary conundrum.
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2 Treekangaroo taxonomy
3 Adaptations for an arboreal life
A bountiful world
5 Evolutionary history
A dangerous world
7 Parasites pathogens and other irritations
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Aboriginal abundance animals appear Atherton Tablelands Australian Museum Australian species Bennett’s Tree Bloomfield River breeding canopy captive climbing Cloacina Colin Groves conservation Curtain Fig Dendrolagus bennettianus Dendrolagus dorianus Dendrolagus inustus Dendrolagus lumholtzi described dingiso dingoes distribution dogs Doria’s Tree-kangaroo dung embryonic diapause evolutionary fauna feeding female Lumholtz’s finschi Flannery foliage food plants fossil genus goodfellowi Graeme Newell Grizzled Tree-kangaroo Guinea species habitat hectares hind limbs home range hunters hunting kangaroos koalas living lowland Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo macropods Malesian mammal marsupials Matschie’s Tree-kangaroo matschiei metres Mount Finnigan north Queensland notatus observed oestrus particularly Peter Johnson Petrogale pouch predators premolar probably python Queensland rainforest reproductive rock-wallabies scottae season Shipton’s Flat Souef species of tree-kangaroo subspecies suggests tail taxonomy terrestrial kangaroos Tim Flannery Torricelli Mountains Tree Leaves tree-kanga Tree-kangaroo Dendrolagus tree-kangaroo populations tree-kangaroo species tropical ursinus usually Vine Leaves Vogelkopt Tree-kangaroo wallabies West Papua wild wildlife Young leaves