BANDICOOT, any animal of the marsupial genus Perameles, which is the type of a family Peramelidae.
A separate family, Notoryctidae, is represented by the marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops), of the deserts of south Central Australia, a silky, golden-haired, burrowing creature, with a curious leathery muzzle, and a short, naked stumpy tail.
On the other hand, it is noteworthy that this marsupial retains in its lower jaw the so-called mylo-hyoid groove, which is found in the aforesaid Jurassic mammals.
KANGAROO, the universally accepted, though not apparently the native, designation of the more typical representatives of the marsupial family Macropodidae (see Marsupialia).
With the exception of this replacing pair of teeth in each jaw, it is considered by many authorities that the marsupial dentition corresponds to the deciduous, or milk, dentition of placentals.
An interesting link between divergent marsupial families, still living in Ecuador, the Coenolestes, is another discovery of recent years.
Unfortunately the homology of the functional series does not by any means end the uncertainty connected with the marsupial dentition; as there is also a difference of opinion with regard to the serial homology of some of the cheek-teeth.
TREE KANGAROO, any individual of the diprotodont marsupial genus Dendrolagus (see MAR5uPIALIA).
WOMBAT, the title of the typical representatives of the marsupial family Phascolomyidae (see Marsupialia).
This is Tasmania, where as in the adjacent continent of Australia, the survival of marsupial animals indicates long isolation from the rest of the world.