Australian Museum Journal Generic and specific diagnoses in the gigantic macropodid genus Procoptodon

Shortform:
Stirton and Marcus, 1966, Rec. Aust. Mus. 26(16): 349–359
Author(s):
Stirton, R. A.; Marcus, Leslie F.
Year published:
1966
Title:
Generic and specific diagnoses in the gigantic macropodid genus Procoptodon
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
26
Issue:
16
Start page:
349
End page:
359
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.26.1966.684
Language:
English
Date published:
25 May 1966
Cover date:
25 May 1966
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
07 April 2009
Available online:
23 July 2009
Reference number:
684
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (121kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1200kb PDF)

Abstract

A revised diagnosis of the Pleistocene genus Procoptodon is presented. The species also are revised and diagnosed. Numerous diagnostic characters have been found in the patterns and construction of the teeth. Owen's species Procoptodon goliah (Owen), 1846, Procoptodon rapha Owen, 1873, and Procoptodon pusio Owen, 1873, are recognized. As indicated by Owen, 1874, Pachysiagon otuel is a synonym of Procoptodon pusio. All of these are from late Pleistocene faunas. No specimens of Procoptodon are now known from older faunas. It is thought that a common ancestry of Procoptodon and Sthenurus in the Sthenurinae is much farther back in the Tertiary than has been previously assumed.

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