These slow-moving, eucalyptus-eating marsupials native to Australia are beloved for their sweet demeanours and distinctly non-human adorableness. However, they do share one feature in common with homo sapiens: fingerprints. What’s more, their fingerprints, analysed under a microscope, are virtually indistinguishable in the way they loop and whorl from our own. Researchers posit that koalas adapted this feature – which is also present in primates such as chimpanzees – in order to better grasp the branches they climb to forage for leaves.
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