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Systematics and Evolution of the Sthenurine Kangaroos
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Systematics and Evolution of the Sthenurine Kangaroos

Gavin Prideaux

Abstract

This work represents an exhaustive review of one of the most important late Cenozoic radiations of Australian marsupials: the short-faced, or sthenurine kangaroos. Sthenurines originated in the Miocene, diversified in the Pliocene, and radiated in the Quaternary to become one of Australia's most conspicuous mammal groups, the only lineage of browsing marsupials comparable in diversity to the browsing artiodactyl guilds of other continents. The culmination of 12 years' research, the monograph details the taxonomy of the sthenurines, redescribing each of the six genera (two new) and 26 species ( ... More

Keywords: Australian marsupials, short-faced kangaroos, sthenurine, browsing marsupials, adaptive change, extinct marsupial lineage, late Cenozoic vertebrates, marsupial evolution, environmental change, Pleistocene extinctions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520098459
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520098459.001.0001

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Gavin Prideaux, author

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