Djarthia

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Djarthia
Temporal range: Early Eocene
Djarthia murgonensis.jpg
Isolated petrosals of Djarthia murgonensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Superorder: Australidelphia
Species: D. murgonensis
Binomial name
Djarthia murgonensis
Godthelp et al., 1999
Comparison of isolated tarsals of Djarthia murgonensis with an extant australidelphian marsupial and an extant non-australidelphian (‘ameridelphian’) marsupial

Djarthia is an extinct genus of marsupial. It is the oldest marsupial found in Australia, discovered at the Murgon fossil site in south-eastern Queensland. [1] Skeletal material described include molar, incomplete cochlear and tarsal bone either complete or in fragmented state of preservation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godthelp H, Wroe S, Archer M. A new marsupial from the Early Eocene Tingamarra Local Fauna of Murgon, southeastern Queensland: a prototypical Australian marsupial? Journal of Mammalian Evolution. 1999;6:289–313.
  2. ^ Beck, Robin M. D.; Godthelp, Henk; Weisbecker, Vera; Archer, Michael; Hand, Suzanne J. (2008-03-26). "Australia's Oldest Marsupial Fossils and their Biogeographical Implications". PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science) 3 (3): e1858. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001858. PMC 2267999. PMID 18365013. Retrieved 2010-08-01.