Search results for "placentals"

  • Mammals: Mammalia

    Mammals are divided into three groups - monotremes, marsupials and placentals, all of which have fur, produce milk and are warm-blooded.

  • Pseudomys vandycki

    Rodents, Australia's only native terrestrial placental mammals, make up about one-quarter of its mammal species. Pseudomys vandycki, a small murid rodent from the Pliocene of central Queensland, is one of the earliest Australian rodents and the first Cainozoic rodent described from Australia. Pseudomys species are 'old endemics', part of an early radiation of rodents that colonized Australia from the late Miocene to early Pliocene.

  • Fossils in Murgon, QLD

    Murgon is significant as the only site in Australia that records a diverse vertebrate fauna dating from the early Tertiary Period (55 million years ago), approximately ten million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • The Eocene Epoch (55-38 million years ago)

    By the beginning of the Eocene, Gondwana had almost split apart, but Australia, Antarctica and South America remained joined. The Antarctic portion of Gondwana straddled the South Pole but because the global climate was warmer it was free of ice and snow. A forested corridor linked Australia and South America.

  • Black Flying-fox

    Black Flying-foxes are the largest species of flying-fox in Australia. They can fly at 35 - 40 kilometres per hour and may travel over 50 kilometres from their camp to a feeding area. They often share their camps with other flying-fox species.

  • Common Bent-wing Bat

    Dark brown or red-brown on the back, lighter underneath, high domed forehead, short muzzle, small rounded ears and long narrow wings.

  • Common Blossom Bat

    Fawn to reddish-brown, large eyes, long narrow face and a long thin ‘brush-like’ tongue.

  • Little Pied Bat

    Little Pied Bats have been found roosting in places where the temperature reaches more than 40 degrees Celsius. They must roost in places near water.

  • Gould's Long-eared Bat

    Dark brown to dark grey in colour with a light grey underside. Very long ears that fold down when at rest.

  • Brown Rat

    The Brown Rat is an introduced rodent.

  • Water-rat

    The Water-rat is one of Australia's largest rodents and is usually found near permanent bodies of water.

  • Ghost Bat

    Ghost Bats use their large eyes as well as echolocation to find prey.

  • Orange Leaf-nosed Bat

    Orange Leaf-nosed Bats are very sensitive to people disturbing them in their roosts. They will often not return to a roost if it is disturbed more than a few times.

  • Lesser Long-eared Bat

    Lesser Long-eared Bats occur in towns and suburbs. These bats are at risk from pesticides and cats.

  • Arnhem Sheathtail Bat

    Arnhem Sheathtail Bats were only discovered in 1979 and very little is known about them.