Abstract

Since 1830, fossil vertebrates, particularly marsupials, have been collected from Wellington Caves, New South Wales. The history of these collections, and particularly of the collection housed in the Australian Museum, Sydney, is reviewed in this paper. A revised faunal list of marsupials from Wellington Caves is included, based on specimens in museum collections. The provenance of these specimens is discussed. The list comprises 58 species, of which 30 are extinct throughout Australia, and a further 12 no longer inhabit the Wellington region. The deposit also contains bones of reptiles, birds, bats, rodents and monotremes. On the basis of faunal correlation and some consideration of taphonomy in the deposits, the age range of the fossils represented in the museum collections is suggested to be from the late Pliocene to late Pleistocene (with a possible minimum age of 40,000 years BP). Data from new collections indicate that at least three distinct periods of deposition are represented in the cave system.

 
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Dawson, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(2): 55–69
Author
Lyndall Dawson
Year
1985
Title
Marsupial fossils from Wellington Caves, New South Wales; the historic and scientific significance of the collections in the Australian Museum, Sydney
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
37
Issue
2
Start Page
55
End Page
69
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.335
Language
English
Date Published
01 August 1985
Cover Date
01 August 1985
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
MAMMALIA; MAMMALIA: MARSUPIALIA; FOSSIL; AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
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09 January 2009
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
335
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