Fossil skink bones from Northland, New Zealand, and description of a new species of Cyclodina, Scincidae

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Abstract

Holocene fossil skink bones are described from three sites in Northland, New Zealand. A new Cyclodinaspecies is described, and other bones are referred to a large indeterminate Leiolopismaspecies. The Holocene skink fauna of Northland therefore contained, in addition to those species that still survive, at least two additional species, one equal in size to the largest extant New Zealand skinks, the other approximately 40% larger.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cyclodina
  • Fossil skinks
  • New species
  • New Zealand
  • Northland

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