Original Published Date: 
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Media issued by Nature's Scientific Reports          
Two  researchers at the University of Melbourne, supported by ARC grants, are part of a team which has completed a study of developmental events experienced by  small species of the kangaroo and wallaby family. This included the finding  that the tiny tammar fetus displays preparative climbing movements up to three  days before birth, exhibiting highly coordinated movements which don't occur until much later in eutherian mammals. The study involved collaboration with researchers from Germany.