First Observations, Description & Misidentification
Animal misidentification is still common today… If your “cat” has a hairless tail that it hangs from, toothy alligator-like jaws, and it hisses, it’s probably a Virginia opossum.
Fossil Record & Species Introduction to California
Opossums can be traced through sixty million years of the fossil record. What makes this even more astounding is the animal’s two-year lifespan!