Tag: extinction

Fleas: a life in fur and feathers
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Fleas: a life in fur and feathers

When we think of the wide variety of insects which call Australia home, we rarely think of the fleas. Compared with the more outwardly striking insects like butterflies and beetles, fleas hardly get a second thought from the most dedicated of insect buffs, let alone the average nature enthusiast. Without a doubt though, fleas are...

Australia’s last megafauna
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Australia’s last megafauna

If you had an opportunity to take a safari of Australia during the Pleistocene era (two million years ago), you would gaze upon a very different landscape than the one you view today. You would see herds of huge Diprotodon wombats the size of cars, colossal, three-metre tall, emu-like Dromornis birds, and perhaps even the...