Kangaroos, possums and wallabies are an order of marsupial mammals that includes all the most familiar Australian animals: kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koalas and wombats. Most diprotodontids are herbivorous, although some eat insects and nectar and a few extinct ones were carnivores.
Scientific name: Diprotodontia
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Diprotodontia (/daɪˌproʊtɵˈdɒnʃ(i)ə/; Greek: διπρωτός diprotos, meaning "two front" and οδοντος odontos meaning "teeth") are a large order of about 120 marsupial mammals including the kangaroos, wallabies, possums, koala, wombats, and many others. Extinct diprotodonts include the rhinoceros-sized Diprotodon, and Thylacoleo, the so-called "marsupial lion".
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