One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small grayish-brown wallaby found in southwestern Australia.
- ‘The tammar wallaby is the Australian marsupial model for genetic mapping studies.’
- ‘For instance, spotted skunks, Spilogale putorius, stamp their front feet when approached by an unfamiliar person or animal, and white-tailed deer and tammar wallabies stamp their feet when encountering a predator.’
- ‘The islands are nature reserves and provide refuges for such diverse wildlife as Cape Barren geese, sea lions, tammar wallabies and death adders.’
- ‘Extensive mapping of the Y chromosome in the tammar wallaby had shown that the origin of the Y predated the divergence of marsupials from eutherian mammals.’
- ‘As a result of predation by introduced cats and foxes, tammar wallabies are rare on mainland Australia, but plans are afoot to reintroduce them, using individuals from offshore island populations.’
Mid 19th century: from Gaurna (an Aboriginal language) tamma.
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