Sthenurus baileyi sp. nov., a new fossil kangaroo from the pleistocene of southern Australia

Gavin J. Prideaux, Roderick T. Wells

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Abstract

Sthenurus baileyi sp. nov. is described from Pleistocene deposits of Eyre Peninsula and the southeast of South Australia. The dentary is similar in size and morphology to 5. occidentalis Glauert, 1910 but the cranium is much less inflated across the frontals and the rostrum less tapered anteriorly. Sthenurus baileyi is characterised by very low crowned molars, most similar to S. cegsai Pledge, 1992, 5. brachyselenis Prideaux & Wells, 1997 and S. antiquus Bartholomai, 1963. Upper and lower premolars are similar to S. antiquus and S. brownei Merrilees, 1967. Overall, S. baileyi appears most closely related to S. antiquus and may represent the most plesiomorphic member of the lineage containing the more brachycephalic sthenurine species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
Volume122
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Brothers Islands
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Naracoorte
  • Pleistocene
  • Simosthenurus
  • Sthenurine kangaroo
  • Sthenurus
  • Sthenurus antiquus
  • Sthenurus baileyi sp. nov.
  • Victoria Fossil Cave

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