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Two New Fluffy Marsupial Gliders Discovered In Australia

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    Mammal

    Professor Andrew Krockenberger of James Cook University, one of the authors of the study that found the new species, says: "Australia's biodiversity just got a lot richer. It's not every day that new mammals are confirmed, let alone two new mammals." Not much is known about the species yet, of course, other than them being insanely cute, but what's new?

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    "The northern species of greater glider (top left), central species (bottom left) and the southern species."

    Possum

    The three species of the greater gliders vary in size, with "[t]he southern species, which inhabits the eastern eucalypt forests of Victoria and NSW, is the heavyweight of the family." "The northern glider is about the size of the little ringtail possum and lives in the eucalypt forests between Mackay and Cairns in Queensland," and "[t]he central glider, which is sized between the northern and southern species, inhabits a range across southern Queensland and up to Mackay."

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    The greater glider at night

    Marsupial - AUSCAPE INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD/ALAMY

    At first, it was assumed that the three gliders were of the same species, but, as Denise McGregor, a James Cook University PhD candidate, says: "Now we have proof from the DNA, it changes the whole way we think about them." It's not all wonderful news though, since, now that the already in danger species of the greater glider has been divided into three, concerns are raised about their conservation. 

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    Nature - STEVEN KUITE

    Still, despite the concerns, we are always happy to hear about new animals being discovered, and we trust the amazing scientific community in Australia to do everything that they can to help these creatures. I mean, Australians have already saved the devil, some gliders sound a bit easier to handle. 

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