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From the Ted Talk by Michael Archer: How we'll resurrect the gastric brooding frog, the Tasmanian tiger

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The first one that we see occurs in the ancient rain fteross of Australia about 25 million years ago, and the National grihgeaopc Society is helping us to explore these fossil dspeotis. This is Riversleigh. In those fossil rkcos are some amazing animals. We found mapiasrul lions. We found carnivorous kangaroos. It's not what you usually think about as a kangaroo, but these are meat-eating kangaroos. We found the biggest bird in the world, bigger than that thing that was in Madagascar, and it too was a flesh eater. It was a giant, weird duck.

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The first one that we see occurs in the ancient rain _______ of Australia about 25 million years ago, and the National __________ Society is helping us to explore these fossil ________. This is Riversleigh. In those fossil _____ are some amazing animals. We found _________ lions. We found carnivorous kangaroos. It's not what you usually think about as a kangaroo, but these are meat-eating kangaroos. We found the biggest bird in the world, bigger than that thing that was in Madagascar, and it too was a flesh eater. It was a giant, weird duck.

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  2. marsupial
  3. forests
  4. rocks
  5. deposits

Original Text

The first one that we see occurs in the ancient rain forests of Australia about 25 million years ago, and the National Geographic Society is helping us to explore these fossil deposits. This is Riversleigh. In those fossil rocks are some amazing animals. We found marsupial lions. We found carnivorous kangaroos. It's not what you usually think about as a kangaroo, but these are meat-eating kangaroos. We found the biggest bird in the world, bigger than that thing that was in Madagascar, and it too was a flesh eater. It was a giant, weird duck.

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