Propleopus

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Propleopus
Temporal range: 4.3–0.055Ma
Pliocene - Pleistocene
Propleopus BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Australidelphia
Family: Hypsiprymnodontidae
Subfamily: Propleoninae
Genus: Propleopus
Longman, 1924
Species
  • P. chillagoensis Archer et al., 1978
  • P. oscillans (De Vis, 1888) (type species)
  • P. wellingtonensis Archer & Flannery, 1985

Propleopus is an extinct genus of marsupials. Three species are known, P. chillagoensis from the Plio-Pleistocene, P. oscillans, and P. wellingtonensis[1] from the Pleistocene. In contrast to most other kangaroos, and similar to its small extant relative, the musky rat-kangaroo, it was probably omnivorous.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Wroe, 1996. An Investigation of Phylogeny in the Giant Extinct Rat Kangaroo Ekaltadeta (Propleopinae, Potoroidae, Marsupialia). Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 70, No. 4. (Jul., 1996), pp. 681-690.