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  • proper n. A taxonomic infraclass within the subclass Theria — marsupials.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plural proper n. A subclass of Mammalia, including nearly all the mammals of Australia and the adjacent islands, together with the opossums of America. They differ from ordinary mammals in having the corpus callosum very small, in being implacental, and in having their young born while very immature. The female generally carries the young for some time after birth in an external pouch, or marsupium. Called also Marsupiata.

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Examples

  • Australia and Tasmania are the residence of the curious family of animals with pouches, called Marsupialia, from _marsupium_, signifying a purse or bag.

    Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • And the imperfect knowledge we have of the ancient mammalian population of our earth leads to the belief that certain of its types, such as that of the 'Marsupialia', have persisted with correspondingly little change through a similar range of time.

    Lectures and Essays

  • Mammalia consists of and contains Eutheria, Marsupialia, etc.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • Nimbacinus dicksoni, a plesiomorphic thylacine (Marsupialia: Thylacinidae) from Tertiary deposits of Queensland and the Norhtern Territory.

    Australian Fossil Mammal Sites, Australia

  • Thylacinus macknessi, a specialised thylacinid (Marsupialia: Thylacinidae) from Miocene deposits of Riversleigh, north-western Queensland.

    Australian Fossil Mammal Sites, Australia

  • New records of the Julia Creek dunnart, Sminthopsis douglasi (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae).

    Carpentaria tropical savanna

  • This furry little friend is a mammal; infraclass: Marsupialia.

    Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz

  • ‘Marsupialia’, have persisted with correspondingly little change through a similar range of time.

    Essays

  • Most of them are 59 Chiroptera, but there are also 17 Rodentia, 11 Carnivora, 5 Edentada, 4 Marsupialia, 2 Primates, 2 Artiodactyla, 1 Perissodactyla, and 1 Lagomorpha.

    Llanos

  • All orders are labelled and major lineages are coloured as follows: black, Monotremata; orange, Marsupialia; blue, Afrotheria; yellow, Xenarthra; green, Laurasiatheria; and red, Euarchontoglires.

    The Panda's Thumb: March 2007 Archives

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