Tasmanian devil-like fossil marsupial discovery in Turkey

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An artist’s reconstruction of Anatoliadelphys maasae. Image credit: Peter SchoutenFrom the University of Salford in England:

‘Euro Devil’: Fossil of carnivorous marsupial relative discovered in E Europe

August 17, 2017

Scientists have discovered fossil remains of a new carnivorous mammal in Turkey, one of the biggest marsupial relatives ever discovered in the northern hemisphere.

The findings, by Dr Robin Beck from the University of Salford in the UK and Dr Murat Maga, of the University of Washington who discovered the fossil, are published today in the journal PLoS ONE.

The new fossil is a 43 million year old cat-sized mammal that had powerful teeth and jaws for crushing hard food, like the modern Tasmanian Devil. It is related to the pouched mammals, or marsupials, of Australia and South America, and it shows that marsupial relatives, or metatherians, were far more diverse in the northern hemisphere than previously believed.

Dr Maga found the fossil at a site near…

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