Wild Things: Life as We Know It

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Giant kangaroo (Michael Long / NHMPL)

Didn't Hop Fast Enough

giant kangaroo
(Cheryl Carlin)
After people first arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago, the giant kangaroo, Procoptodon goliah, became extinct. In a new study, researchers in Australia and the U.S. rule out climate change and fire as the cause: the seven-foot-tall marsupial ate shrubs that could withstand drought and burning. Instead, human hunters likely wiped out the creatures.

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