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Marsupial diversification on the Americas
Topic Started: Aug 3 2009, 06:08 AM (669 Views)
JohnFaa
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Basically I had this ideaa of having american marsupials diversifying in the future, as the older megafauna was replaced by the descendents of smaller and more adaptable animals. Among my ideas are:

-Carnivorous marten like forms
-Omnivorous badger like forms
-Otter like piscivores (descended from the yapok)
-Gliders
-Wolverine like carnivores

I wonder if some will crosss into Eurasia, but they will certainly make it into Antartica as it seems South America will collide with the Antartic Peninsula in the future
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Sounds like a cool idea though I think it deserves its own topic instead of this dead project.

What about omnivore small ape analoges?
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I don't know, aren't there monkeys in the Americas?
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In south america yes but I don't think in north america.
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Oh, but nothing would prevent them from moving northwards...
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Except the mexican desert which might stall them long enough for marsupials to establish them selves in the north and with a new ice age the desrt might expand north to further stall them.
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Well why can't monkeys develop forms well adapted to the desert, I mean there are several examples from Africa. Plus the Babookari (or something like it) from TFIW could arise and manage to cross the desert !



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Well if they become desert adapted it serves the same purpose because they will no longer fill the arboreal niches that the marsupials take over which means the deserts still allowed the marsupials to keep their niche.

Either way the desert stops the apes from taking the niches of the marsupials.
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