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Christine Janis received a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, and a PhD in vertebrate Palaeontology from Harvard University. Christine is now a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, and describes herself as someone who outgrew neither the horse nor dinosaur phase!

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Professor Christine Janis, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.

Fossil Focus: The evolution of tree-kangaroos

Fossil Focus
by Christine Janis1 Ladies and gentlemen, I give you tree-kangaroos. These wonderful animals can, in myriad ways,  demonstrate the power of evolutionary biology and geology in explaining the patterns we see in modern ecosystems. Here, I want to show how palaeontologists can piece together multiple lines of evidence to understand the evolutionary relationships of fossil and living organisms. Introduction First, a little introduction to the tree-kangaroos (genus Dendrolagus). These small, tree-dwelling (‘arboreal’) marsupials live in the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea, and belong to the macropod family of animals, which also includes ground-dwelling kangaroos and wallabies. They grow up to about 80 centimetres long, not including the tail, and mainly eat vegetation (see Fig