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A new family of bizarre durophagous carnivorous marsupials from Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland

Archer, M; Hand, S J; Black, K H; Beck, R M D; Arena, D A; Wilson, L A B; Kealy, S; Hung, T-T

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A new specimen of the bizarrely specialised Malleodectes mirabilis from middle Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area provides the first and only information about the molar dentition of this strange group of extinct marsupials. Apart from striking autapomorphies such as the enormous P3, other dental features such as stylar cusp D being larger than B suggest it belongs in the Order Dasyuromorphia. Phylogenetic analysis of 62 craniodental characters places Malleodectes within...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-05-27
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/108674
Source: Scientific reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep26911

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