Exciting Discovery of New Mammals Species

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Three new species of small rodent-like marsupials, which are mammals that carry their offspring in a pouch, were recently discovered in Australia by Queensland University of Technology mammologist Andrew Baker.

“It’s a very exciting time to be a mammalogist,” explained Dr. Baker to The Guardian. “Typically there’s only a couple of new species of mammals found worldwide each year. So to find three new species of this marsupial, all in South-East Queensland is really exciting.”

“Exciting” is a choice word for this new little critter who is perhaps excited too often…if you know what we mean. The males of the new species literally kill themselves from mating too intensely.

Females of this species commonly give birth to many offspring that are fathered by multiple partners. In order to increase their chances of fathering more offspring, males will mate for hours at a time with many different females. This behavior causes an upswing in stress hormones, which in some cases actually causes death.

Apparently there can be too much of a good thing.

Welcome to our big family, tiny marsupials. Don’t worry, we’re all a little dysfunctional in our own way.

 

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