Oldest fossil remains of the enigmatic pig-footed bandicoot show rapid herbivorous evolution

  title={Oldest fossil remains of the enigmatic pig-footed bandicoot show rapid herbivorous evolution},
  author={Kenny J. Travouillon},
  journal={Royal Society Open Science},
  • K. Travouillon
  • Published 1 August 2016
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • Royal Society Open Science
The pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus, is one of the most enigmatic Australian marsupials, which went extinct in the late 1950s probably as a result of European colonization. It is unusual in being the only marsupial to have evolved reduction of digits on both fore and hind feet, with the forefeet being pig-like (two toes) and the hind feet being horse-like (one toe). According to molecular phylogenetic analyses, Chaeropus diverged from other bandicoots (Peramelidae), and the bilbies… 

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