Quinkana fortirostrum Molnar, 1981



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene (c.38,000 BC?)



Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: AM F.57844 ("a cranial rostrum lacking anterior end and teeth" [Molnar, 1981])

Type locality: Tea Tree Cave, near Chillagoe, north Queensland


Possibly referable material:

QM F7898 ("Quinkana sp.")
QM F1152
QMF 57032 ("Quinkana sp.") (Sobbe et al. 2013)
AMF2876 ("Quinkana sp.") (Molnar, 1981)






Original scientific description:

Molnar, R. E. (1981). Pleistocene ziphodont crocodilians of Queensland. Rec. Aust. Mus. 33(19): 803-834.


Other references:

Dodson, John et al. (1993). Humans and megafauna in a late Pleistocene environment from Cuddie Springs, north western New South Wales. Archaeology in Oceania 28(2): 94-99.

Hocknull, Scott A. et al. (2020). Extinction of eastern Sahul megafauna coincides with sustained environmental deterioration. Nature Communications 11: 2250.

Sobbe, Ian H., Price, Gilbert J. and Knezour, Robert A. (2013). A ziphodont crocodile from the late Pleistocene King Creek catchment, Darling Downs, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 56(2): 601-606. [automatic download]

Willis, P. M. A. and Molnar, R. E. (1997). Identification of large reptilian teeth from Plio-Pleistocene deposits of Australia. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 130(3-4): 79-92.


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