Macropus thor De Vis, 1895

Thor kangaroo (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Halmaturus thor De Vis, 1895


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



Queensland, Australia


Anatomy & Morphology

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


Biology & Ecology

It ate grass (Johnson, 2006:18).



Holotype: QM F3602 (right mandible)






Original scientific description:

De Vis, Charles W. (1895). A review of the fossil jaws of the Macropodidae in the Queensland Museum. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S. W. (2) 10: 75-133, pIs 14-18.


Other references:

Archer, Michael "Mike". (1978). Quaternary vertebrate faunas from the Texas Caves of southeastern Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 19(1): 61-109.

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.

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.

Mahoney, J. A. and Ride, W. D. L. (1975). Index to the genera and species of fossil Mammalia described from Australia and New Guinea between 1838 and 1968. Western Australian Museum Special Publication 6: 1-250.

Molnar, R. E., and C. Kurz. 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.

Price, G. J., J.-x. Zhao, Y.-X. Feng, and S. A. Hocknull. (2009). New U/Th ages for Pleistocene megafauna deposits of southeastern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 34: 190-197.


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