Ancient Australia was home to strange marsupial giants

Dr Justin W Adams and PhD candidate Hazel Richards.
Dr Justin W Adams and PhD candidate Hazel Richards.

Recent research published by Monash BDI’s Dr Justin W Adams and PhD candidate Hazel Richards has received significant media coverage. The team found that palorchestid marsupials, an extinct group of Australian megafauna, had strange bodies and lifestyles unlike any living species. The researchers examined more than 60 fossil specimens of palorchestids of varying geologic ages to characterise the function and evolution of their arms and legs.

This research was highlighted by the Australian Research Council and Nature Research Highlights, and featured in The Guardian, Cosmos, Scientific American, Sky News and IFL Science. It also appeared on Science Daily, The Weekend LeaderCourthouse News, Brightsurf, Real Clear Science, Insider, 7th Space, Earth.com and news outlets across the world.