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Australia: Koala-ty Time

Australia: Koala-ty Time


Koala-ty Time

Australia is home to many unusual creatures that are found nowhere else in the world. But, why does Australia have so many unique animals?

Well, the answer is pretty simple – but we have to go back in history to about 250 million years ago when this planet was covered in by huge landmass called Pangaea. Pangaea was a supercontinent that was made up of all the continents on Earth. Over time, this supercontinent broke apart, and the pieces slowly drifted away from one another.

About 60 to 80 million years ago, Australia became separated from the other continents by oceans and seas. Once this happened, Australia’s plant and animal species were cut off from the rest of the world. This meant that they evolved separately.

Today, 95% of mammals in Australia, 88% of reptiles, and 94% of birds aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

One of these creatures is the koala. Even though it is called a koala bear it’s actually a marsupial, or pouched mammal. It’s only called a “bear” because of its teddy bear like appearance.
 

Jenny


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