It’s quite rare to find a new breed of marsupial — or any — species, but scientists in Australia have made a remarkable discovery. With the help of DNA evidence, scientists have found that one of Australia’s airborne marsupials is actually three separate species.
A new study published in Nature’s public access Scientific Reports Journal details the findings and now the greater glider, which is a possum-sized marsupial with big ears and a long furry tail, is no longer classified as a single species.
“Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer,” Andrew Krockenberger, a professor at James Cook University and a co-author of the study, told the outlet. “It’s not every day that new mammals are confirmed, let alone two new mammals.”
You can see more about these new findings here.
two new greater glider species have been discovered in australia!— freyr (@sunfloweraidil) November 8, 2020
it was previously assumed they were of one species, but apparently greater gliders comprise of three separate species. they’re one of the world’s biggest gliding mammals. look at how cute they are! pic.twitter.com/neVdL7Klv3