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Cute marsupial had a fierce fossil relative

August 2, 2019 - General

Short-tailed opossums are cute little marsupials which live in South America, but a new discovery shows they had a fierce fossil relative.

Reconstruction of Sparassocynus feeding on a small rodent
[Credit: Velizar Simeonovski]In a paper just published, a joint British and Argentinian research team have shown that a weasel-like carnivorous marsupial called Sparassocynus, is an extinct carnivorous relative of short-tailed opossums….

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