Kangaroos are listed as vulnerable, except for the Tasmanian forester kangaroo, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
An extinct kangaroo ancestor wasn't able to bounce like its modern relatives, but they were able to easily adapt to environmental change and out-live their fanged cousins. Fossils of these creatures were recently unearthed in Australia by researchers from the University of Queensland.
Animals with four-chambered stomachs that process plants are known as ruminants. Some of them, like cows, produce quite a bit of methane as they process the food. Kangaroos have been thought to produce much less. A recent study from University of Zurich says kangaroos are more gassy than we thought, but has learnings for cows on the planet.
Researchers studying kangaroon cartilage found that it could help understand how to better engineer artificial shoulder and knee joints for humans.
Huge, now extinct, kangaroos that roamed the Australian outback 100,000 years ago weren't hoppers, despite the popular connotation, but had bones made for walking instead, a new study shows.
In a bizarre, but amusing episode, two fighting kangaroos took their brawl to the quiet streets of a suburban Australian neighborhood, and the whole affair was caught on camera.