The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Sthenurus stirlingi Wells & Tedford, 1995

Stirling's kangaroo (proposed)

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 75 ± 9 ka (Roberts et al. 2001)

 

Distribution

Australia

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Wells, R. T. and Tedford, R. H. (1995). Sthenurus (Macropodidae: Marsupialia) from the Pleistocene of Lake Callabonna, South Australia. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 225: 1-111.

 

Other references:

Helgen, Kristofer M. et al. (2006). Ecological and evolutionary significance of sizes of giant extinct kangaroos. Australian Journal of Zoology 54(4): 293-303. [body weight estimate]

Murray, Peter F. and Chaloupka, G. (1984). The Dreamtime animals: Extinct megafauna in Arnhem Land rock art. Archaeology in Oceania 19(3):105-116. [possible depiction in ancient rock art]

Prideaux, G. J. 2004. Systematics and evolution of the sthenurine kangaroos. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 146:i-xviii, 1-623.

Roberts, R. G., Flannery T., Ayliffe L., Yoshida H., Olley J., Prideaux G., Laslett G., Baynes A., Smith M., Jones R.I., et al. (2001). New ages for the last Australian megafauna: Continent-wide extinction about 46,000 years ago. Science 292(5523): 1888-1892.

Smith F.A., Lyons S.K., Ernest S.K.M., Jones K.E., Kaufman D.M., Dayan T., Marquet P.A., Brown J.H., Haskell J.P. 2003 Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84(12), 3403-3403.

 

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