As a left-handed person, I feel compelled to mention this. A recent paper with the engaging title ‘Parallel Emergence of True Handedness in the Evolution of Marsupials and Placentals’ observes that ‘Bipedal macropod marsupials display population-level left-forelimb preference’. In English this means kangaroos basically use their left paws in preference to their right ones for …

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In honour of today’s Australian based national public holiday, here’s a post on Kangaroo: the international and regional word, which was prepared by the Australian National Dictionary Staff and posted on the Oxford Dictionary Blog. Turns out that explorer James Cook and botanist Joseph Banks learned the name from local peoples while temporarily ship-wrecked in …

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