Monito del Monte, a little bit of Oz in South America

By Razib Khan | January 22, 2009 5:20 am

1182356555_extras_ladillos_.jpgThe Monito del Monte is the only extant member of its order, the Microbiotheria. This order is itself part of the superorder Australidelphia, which includes Australian Marsupials and the Monito del Monte, whose native habitat are the forests of Chile and Argentina. In other words, the Monito del Monte is more closely related to the Marsupials of Australia than to those of the New World.

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  • http://johnhawks.net/weblog John Hawks

    New World opossums were South American, too (and most still are).

  • bioIgnoramus

    But is it tasty?

  • http://3lbmonkeybrain.blogspot.com Mike Keesey

    Cool little relics!
    [i]”In other words, the Monito del Monte is more closely related to the Marsupials of South America than to those of North America, the opossums.”[/i]
    Perhaps that should be, “In other words, the Monito del Monte is more closely related to the Marsupials of [b]Australia[/b] than to those of [b]the Americas[/b], the opossums.”
    And a finer point: since marsupials probably originated in South American, Australian marsupials are actually a lot of South America in Oz.

  • http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp razib

    yeah, typo.

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