Marsupials are an infraclass o mammals livin primarily in the Soothren Hemisphere. A distinctive characteristic, common tae maist species, is that the young are carried in a pouch. Well-kent marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, the koala, possums, opossums, wombats an the Tasmanie deil. Less well-kent species o marsupials include the numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, the bilby, quolls an the quokka.

Temporal range: PaleoceneHolocene, 65–0 Ma
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Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Clade: Metatheria
Infracless: Marsupialia
Illiger, 1811
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Present day distreibution o marsupials.

Marsupials represent the clade oreeginatin wi the last common ancestor o extant metatherians. Lik ither mammals in the Metatheria, thay are characterized bi givin birth tae relatively undeveloped young, often residing in a pouch wi the mither for a certain time efter birth. Close tae 70% o the 334 extant species occur in Australie, New Guinea, an nearby islands, wi the remainin 100 foond in the Americas, primarily in Sooth Americae, but wi 13 in Central Americae, an ane in North Americae north o Mexico.


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