When did the kangaroo hop? Scientists have the answer

When did the kangaroo hop? Scientists have the answer

by Helen Briggs, BBC News – Science & Environment

Scientists have discovered when the kangaroo learned to hop – and it’s a lot earlier than previously thought.

According to new fossils, the origin of the famous kangaroo gait goes back 20 million years.

Living kangaroos are the only large mammal to use hopping on two legs as their main form of locomotion.

The extinct cousins of modern kangaroos could also hop, according to a study of their fossilized foot bones, as well as moving on four legs and climbing trees.

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