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Author Martin, Roger William, 1946-

Title Tree-kangaroos of Australia and New Guinea / Roger Martin ; illustrated by Sue Simpson
Published Collingwood , Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2005


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 MELB  599.22 Mar/Tko  AVAILABLE
Description vii, 158 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Series Australian natural history series
Australian natural history series.
Contents 1. A tree-climbing kangaroo? -- 2. Tree-kangaroo taxonomy -- 3. Adaptations for an arboreal life -- 4. The rainforest canopy: a bountiful world -- 5. Evolutionary history -- 6. The rainforest canpoy: a dangerous world -- 7. Parasites, pathogens and other irritations -- 8. Population density and spatial requirements -- 9. Sex and reproduction -- 10. Conservation -- Appendix: Basic information for each species
Summary 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 in Australia and New Guinea. It combines information from a number of disparate disciplines and the author sets forth the first explanation of this apparent evolutionary conundrum
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 their 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 an animal that was so superbly adapted for life on the ground should end up back in the trees
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography, pages [150]-155
Notes Roger Martin 2005
Subject Tree kangaroos -- New Guinea.
Tree kangaroos.
Tree kangaroos -- Australia.
Author Simpson, Sue.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
LC no. 00002685
ISBN 064309072X