Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Fun Facts

Marsupials have very short gestation periods ranging from a few weeks to about a month. The young are born underdeveloped and crawl into the mother's pouch where they are nursed until maturity - which could be nearly seven months later!

Marsupials first evolved in South America about 100 million years ago. At that time, South America, Australia and Antarctica were connected together in one continent. Over time, Australia and Antarctica gradually moved away from South America.

Today, Australia has about 120 species of marsupials, New Guinea has 53 species of marsupials, South and Central America have 90 species of marsupials, and North America has only two species of marsupials.

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