Ludwig Leichhardt and the significance of the extinct Australian megafauna

Fensham, Roderick J. and Price, Gilbert J. (2013) Ludwig Leichhardt and the significance of the extinct Australian megafauna. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Culture Series, 7 2: 621-632.

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Author Fensham, Roderick J.
Price, Gilbert J.
Title Ludwig Leichhardt and the significance of the extinct Australian megafauna
Journal name Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Culture Series   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-4788
Publication date 2013-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 621
End page 632
Total pages 12
Place of publication South Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Museum
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The first fossils of giant Australian mammals were of great interest to both colonial and British scientists in the mid-nineteenth century. Richard Owen, the foremost anatomist of the era, initially interpreted the Diprotodon as a relative of the elephant. Ludwig Leichhardt was the first scientist to unambiguously appreciate that the Diprotodon was a marsupial, along with the vast majority of Australia’s other Pleistocene megafauna, although he was never acknowledged for these insights. Recognition of the marsupial affinities of several species of Australian megafauna was significant because it affirmed the continuity of lineages not only geographically but also through time. This was a fundamental cornerstone for the theory of natural selection introduced to the world more than a decade after Leichhardt’s death.
Keyword Leichhardt
Australian megafauna
Richard Owen
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Institutional Status UQ

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