Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals living primarily in the Southern Hemisphere. A distinctive characteristic, common to most species, is that the young are carried in a pouch. Well-known marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, the koala, possums, opossums, wombats and the Tasmanian devil. Less well-known species of marsupials include the numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, the bilby, quolls and the quokka.
Marsupials represent the clade originating with the last common ancestor of extant metatherians. Like other mammals in the Metatheria, they are characterized by giving birth to relatively undeveloped young, often residing in a pouch with the mother for a certain time after birth. Close to 70% of the 334 extant species occur in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, with the remaining 100 found in the Americas, primarily in South America, but with 13 in Central America, and one in North America north of Mexico.
In Walking with... SeriesEdit
A small, ancient marsupial called Didelphodon was one of the main characters of this episode. One got eaten in the beginning by a female Tyrannosaurus, when the mammal attempted to raid its' nest. Later, when the female T. rex made another nest and several of her eggs died, more Didelphodon raided the nest and stole several dead eggs.
Alphadon, a distant cousin to Didelphodon, was featured in the film.