Macropus piltonensis Bartholomai, 1975

Pilton kangaroo (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Possibly a nomen dubium.


Conservation Status

Last record: Late Pleistocene





Anatomy & Morphology

It weighed an estimated 30kg (Johnson & Prideaux, 2004:557; Johnson, 2006:18).


Biology & Ecology

It ate grass (Johnson, 2006:18).









Original scientific description:

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.


Other references:

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.


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