• Scientists in Australia have discovered evidence of a previously unknown ancient marsupial called Mukupirna fortidentata.
  • This ancient species roamed the country around 25 million years ago.
  • The Mukupirna fortidentata is thought to have weighed up to 50 kg, making it one of the largest marsupials alive at the time.
  • It is believed to have consumed tough fruits and nuts. It is related to Mukupirna nambensis, another marsupial species.
  • The mukupirnids seemed to have gone extinct sometime before the end of the late Oligocene (25-23 million years ago) during a period of changing climate as ancient forest regions in Australia’s centre became increasingly arid.
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