Something I learned doing research with endangered Australian marsupials was that Australia has the worst record on history as far as extinctions of major animal species.
This doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.
At least my Australian European-ness can feel a little less self conscious – it seems its been that way since humans started arriving on this island.
Which is still very depressing. Tasmania’s island of an island status means it does have some of the more interesting ecosystem inhabitants. With creatures like the Tasmanian devil not found anywhere else anymore.
Human arrivals to isolated islands – such as Mauritias and New Zealand – has seen severe eco-damage throughout history.
There is also a feature on this research in this month’s Australasian Science.