Abstract

In a joint paper concerning "Captain Cook's Kangaroo", in the "Australian Zoologist" for 1925, original accounts were quoted to emphasize the fact that, contrary to popular belief, and subsequent writings which maintained the fallacy, Cook's party did not observe the actual animal at Botany Bay. It was also demonstrated conclusively that the Great Grey Kangaroo (Macropus major Shaw, 1800), hitherto generally listed as Macropus giganteus, is not identical with the small species of kangaroo first observed by Cook and his party at Cooktown.

The ineligible generic names of Jaculus and Jerboa were applied to Cook's animal in 1777 in reference to the outward resemblance to the small rodent jerboas of other lands, together with the specific names of giganteus and gigantea, respectively by Erxleben and Zimmermann, because of its gigantic size in com: parison with them. It was indicated, however, by the present authors in the Check-list of Mammals that the name giganteus for Cook's species was also antedated by that of cangaru, applied by Muller in 1776 in the Systema Naturre of Linné, based upon the original written versions of the name used by the aborigines.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Iredale and Troughton, 1937, Rec. Aust. Mus. 20(1): 67–71
Author
T. Iredale; Ellis Le G. Troughton
Year
1937
Title
The identity of Cook’s Kangaroo
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
20
Issue
1
Start Page
67
End Page
71
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.20.1937.567
Language
English
Date Published
15 May 1937
Cover Date
15 May 1937
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
MAMMALIA
Digitized
13 May 2009
Available Online
16 July 2009
Reference Number
567
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