Huge Ice Age kangaroos had a unique connection to giant pandas, researchers reveal
A gigantic kangaroo that roamed the Southwest of Australia more than 40,000 years ago had something to do with giant pandas, scientists said.
These particular extinct kangaroos weighing more than 260 points were the size of adult men consumed by plants and, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One, had a large jaw permitting them To eat tough foods such as ripe leaves, stems and twigs, have similar jawbones and muscles, scientists found. The kangaroo's jaw is found to be closer in shape and size to today's giant pandas than modern kangaroos.
Giant pandas Qi Guo and Yuan Man play in a single panda house in Xining, Qinghai Province, China on August 28, 201
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"In general, they would have been very different from modern kangaroos with thicker bodies and long muscular arms with outstretched fingers, often just a big toe on each foot and boxy heads shaped more like koalas," he said Study author D. Rex Mitchell told Newsweek.
The extinct kangaroo was able to adapt to enjoy foods that existed It's hard to chew more than any Australian herbivore that still lives today. Today, however, modern kangaroos eat mainly grasses, flowers, ferns and moss.
"The ability to consume plant parts that other herbivores could not consume at that time would have given them a competitive advantage in difficult times," said Mitchell.
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