Simosthenurus occidentalis had a body like a kangaroo, a face like a koala, and a bite like a panda.
A new analysis of an extinct giant kangaroo skull suggests it was adapted to eat tough, woody material - a feeding style not found in any modern marsupials.
George Stubbs, ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ (1772), oil painting, detail of head.
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Kangaroos are a national icon, but Australian authors seem determined to kill them off.
Polar bears 'invading' a Russian village have renewed concern over climate change in the Arctic, but human-wildlife conflicts are flaring up everywhere.
S.T. Gill, Kangaroo Hunting, The Death, from his Australian Sketchbook (1865). Colonial hunting clubs were established across Australia in the 1830s and 1840s.
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In the mid 19th century, kangaroo hunting was a sport. Colonial hunting clubs were established across Australia and everyone from Charles Darwin to Anthony Trollope tried their hand at shooting roos.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope.
When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
Kangaroos probably don’t enjoy social media photos as much as we do.
Here's some advice on taking selfies with wild animals: don't. It's not fun for the animal, and can have serious knock-on effects for their health. And you could be injured (or worse).
Most Australian kangaroo species, such as the bettong, are largely out of sight and out of mind.
A new documentary makes some controversial claims about the health of kangaroo populations. But the real threat is not to Australia's iconic kangaroos -- it's to dozens of other, obscure species.
Should we add emus to our diet?
If Australians are to eat healthy, unprocessed meats while making sustainable choices, native animals would be an obvious choice.
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
Over a million kangaroos were killed in 2012 for their meat.
The kangaroo meat industry is worth far less than the industry states.
Kangaroos are common in some areas but scarce in others.
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Are kangaroos in plague proportions, necessitating large-scale killing and a commercial industry, or are they in decline?
How many kangaroos is too many?
Each year rangers in the Australian Capital Territory cull kangaroos as part of the territory’s Kangaroo Management Plan. This year they killed a few over 1,500 kangaroos. Even though millions of kangaroos…
Modern day kangaroos exhibit a hopping form of locomotion.
Extinct giant kangaroos may have been built more for walking, rather than hopping like today’s kangaroos, especially when moving slowly. These sthenurine kangaroos existed until around 30,000 years ago…
Kangaroos use their tails to help propel their walking. Researchers from University of New South Wales videotaped red kangaroos…
An innovative breeding technique could help bring Australia’s endangered kangaroos and wallabies back from the brink of extinction…
Something hidden in manuscript – what could it be?
The discovery of a Portuguese manuscript purporting to include an illustration of a kangaroo has been used to question which European power was first to “discover” Australia. The drawing is included in…
Male kangaroos often adopt poses designed to show off their guns.
A male kangaroo’s forearm size could be a sexually selected trait and help them find a mate, a new study has found. In fact…
University of Adelaide researchers have developed a simple and cost-effective DNA test to identify kangaroo species from…
An average of three million kangaroos are killed per year for pet meat, meat for human consumption and hides.
Australia’s commercial kangaroo industry is the world’s largest consumptive mammalian wildlife industry. Calculated on a ten-year period, an average of three million adult kangaroos are killed each year…
Being vegetarian saves cows’ lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures.
The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more…