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(Reguidit frae Marsupialia)

Temporal range: PaleoceneHolocene, 65–0 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Clade: Metatheria
Infracless: Marsupialia
Illiger, 1811
Present day distreibution o marsupials.

Marsupials is an infraclass o mammals that bide maistly in the Soothren Hemisphere. A distinctive characteristic, common tae maist species, is that the young are carried in a pouch. Kenspeckle marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, opossums, wombats an the Tasmainien deil. Less well-kent marsupials include the numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, bilbies, quolls an the quokka.

Marsupials represent the clade oreeginatin wi the last common ancestor o extant metatherians. Lik ither mammals in the Metatheria, thay are characterized bi givin birth tae relatively undeveloped young, often residing in a pouch wi the mither for a certain time efter birth.

The muckle feck o (70%) the 334 kent livin marsupial species bide in Austrailie, New Guinea an nearby islands. The remainin 100 species is foond in the Americaes, maistly in Sooth Americae, but 13 species bide in Central Americae, an ane bides in North Americae north o Mexico.


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