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Sheep in Australia will kill marsupials

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Sheep in Australia will kill marsupials

Postby enarees » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:20 am

Their insects are harmful to embryos of marsupials.

By this logic Dingo dog has caused the disappearance of Australian marsupial predators.
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Postby cyanodave » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:50 am

I doubt this is enough information to support the hypothesis all marsupials will be driven to extinction by sheep...
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Re: Sheep in Australia will kill marsupials

Postby animartco » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:30 pm

enarees wrote:Their insects are harmful to embryos of marsupials.

By this logic Dingo dog has caused the disappearance of Australian marsupial predators.

I think it is a distinct possibility. Remember how in the early European exploration, many primitive societies were decimated by the common cold. In many countries in the world different wild canines coexist. So a disease brought by the dingo is actually a more likely cause of the death of the thylacine than competition.
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