Macropus pearsoni (Bartholomai, 1973:366)

Pearson's kangaroo (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Fissuridon pearsoni Bartholomai, 1973:366


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene





Anatomy & Morphology

It weighed an estimated 150kg (Johnson & Prideaux, 2004:557; Johnson, 2006:18).


Biology & Ecology

It ate grass (Johnson, 2006:18).









Original scientific description:

Bartholomai, Alan. (1973). Fissuridon pearsoni, a new fossil macropodid (Marsupialia) from Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 16(3): 365-368.


Other references:

Bartholomai, A. (1975). The genus Macropus Shaw (Marsupialia; Macropodidae) in the upper Cainozoic deposits of Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 17(2): 195-235.

Flannery, Timothy and Archer, Michael. (1982). The taxonomy and distribution of Macropus (Fissuridon) pearsoni (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Aust. Mammal. 5: 261-265.

Johnson, Chris N. (2006). Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50 000 Year History. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. x + 278 pp. [p. 18]

Johnson, Chris N. and Prideaux, Gavin J. (2004). Extinctions of herbivorous mammals in the late Pleistocene of Australia in relation to their feeding ecology: no evidence for environmental change as cause of extinction. Australian Ecology 29: 553-557.

Molnar, R. E. and Kurz, C. (1997). The distribution of Pleistocene vertebrates on the eastern Darling Downs, based on the Queensland Museum collections. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 117: 107-134.

Roberts RG, et al. (2001) New ages for the last Australian megafauna: Continent-wide extinction about 46,000 years ago. Science 292(5523):1888–1892. [as M. ferragus]

Tedford, R. H., R. T. Wells, and S. F. Barghoorn. (1992). Tirari Formation and contained faunas, Pliocene of the Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia. The Beagle, Records of the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences 9: 173-194.


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