Three new Miocene species of musky rat- kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodoidea): description, phylogenetics, and paleoecology

Bates, H., Travouillon, K. J., Cooke, B., Beck, R. M. D., Hand, S. J. and Archer, M. (2014) Three new Miocene species of musky rat- kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodoidea): description, phylogenetics, and paleoecology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34 2: 383-396. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.812098


Author Bates, H.
Travouillon, K. J.
Cooke, B.
Beck, R. M. D.
Hand, S. J.
Archer, M.
Title Three new Miocene species of musky rat- kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodoidea): description, phylogenetics, and paleoecology
Journal name Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-4634
1937-2809
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02724634.2013.812098
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 383
End page 396
Total pages 14
Place of publication Philadelphia United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Three new species of the macropodoid genus Hypsiprymnodon are described from early to middle Miocene fossil deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. A phylogenetic analysis of macropodoid relationships that includes these new taxa is presented. Monophyly of Macropodinae + Sthenurinae is recovered, as is a clade comprising macropodines, sthenurines, bulungamyines, and potoroids to the exclusion of hypsiprymnodontids and balbarids. Monophyly of Balbaridae is also supported, but hypsiprymnodontids are unresolved at the base of Macropodoidea, rather than forming a clade; this is probably because the new Hypsiprymnodon species described here are currently known from relatively incomplete material (isolated maxillae and dentaries). On the assumption that these extinct forms were ecologically similar to the living species H. moschatus (as suggested by close similarities in dental morphology), their presence in Riversleigh Faunal Zones B and C corroborates previous interpretations of a wet rainforest environment in northwestern Queensland during the early to middle Miocene of Australia.
Keyword South-Australia
Macropodidae
Marsupialia
Moschatus
Stomach
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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