The Thylacine was more a marsupial coyote than a marsupial wolf

One of the most common memes in our popular understanding of zoology is that the thylacine of Tasmania was the marsupial equivalent of the gray wolf.  This idea comes from a rather superficial understanding of its morphology, and lots of … Continue reading

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Is the Virginia opossum the only marsupial native to North America?

The yapok or water opossum is a marsupial that ranges into Mexico and Central America. Americans are an unusually insular sort of people. We fail at geography big time. Don’t ask the average American what the capital of Canada is.  … Continue reading

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