Troposodon minor Owen, 1877



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

A close affinity between the genera Troposodon and Lagostrophus has been found (Prideaux & Warburton, 2023:69).


Conservation Status


Last record: 107 ± 18 ka (Price et al. 2011)





Anatomy & Morphology

It weighed an estimated 40kg (Johnson & Prideaux, 2004:557; Johnson, 2006:18).


Biology & Ecology

It was a browser (Johnson, 2006:18).



F31012 (Dawson, 1985:66)
UCMP 45149 (Dawson, 1985:66)
UCMP 45192 (Dawson, 1985:66)






Armand, L., Ride, W. D. L. and Taylor, G. (2000). The stratigraphy and palaeontology of Teapot Creek, MacLaughlin River, NSW. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 122: 101-121.

Bartholomai, A. 1978. The Macropodidae (Marsupialia) from the Allingham Fm., northern Queensland; results of the Ray E. Lemley expedition, Part 2. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 18: 127-143.

Dawson, Lyndall. (1985). Marsupial fossils from Wellington Caves, New South Wales; the historic and scientific significance of the collections in the Australia Museum, Sydney. Records of the Australian Museum 37(2): 55-69.

Flannery, T. F., and M. Archer. 1983. Revision of the genus Troposodon Bartholomai (Macropodidae: Marsupialia). Alcheringa 7: 263-279.

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 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., and I. H. Sobbe. 2005. Pleistocene palaeoecology and environmental change on the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51: 171-201.

Price G., Webb G. 2006 Late Pleistocene sedimentology, taphonomy and megafauna extinction on the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 53(6), 947-970.

Price, G. J., Webb G.E., Zhao J.-x., Feng Y.-x., Murray A.S., Cooke B.N., Hocknull S.A., Sobbe I.H. (2011). Dating megafaunal extinction on the Pleistocene Darling Downs, eastern Australia: The promise and pitfalls of dating as a test of extinction hypotheses. Quat. Sci. Rev. 30(7-8): 899-914.

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

Prideaux, Gavin J. and Warburton, Natalie M. (2023). A review of the late Cenozoic genus Bohra (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae) and the evolution of tree-kangaroos. Zootaxa 5299(1): 1-95.

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.

Willis, P. M. A. and Molnar, Ralph 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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