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Giant kangaroo (Michael Long / NHMPL)

Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Hungry snakes, giant kangaroos, bat noses, and more

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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