Abstract

A revised diagnosis of the Pleistocene genus Procoptodon is presented. The species also are revised and diagnosed. Numerous diagnostic characters have been found in the patterns and construction of the teeth. Owen's species Procoptodon goliah (Owen), 1846, Procoptodon rapha Owen, 1873, and Procoptodon pusio Owen, 1873, are recognized. As indicated by Owen, 1874, Pachysiagon otuel is a synonym of Procoptodon pusio. All of these are from late Pleistocene faunas. No specimens of Procoptodon are now known from older faunas. It is thought that a common ancestry of Procoptodon and Sthenurus in the Sthenurinae is much farther back in the Tertiary than has been previously assumed.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Stirton and Marcus, 1966, Rec. Aust. Mus. 26(16): 349–359
Author
R. A. Stirton; Leslie F. Marcus
Year
1966
Title
Generic and specific diagnoses in the gigantic macropodid genus Procoptodon
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
26
Issue
16
Start Page
349
End Page
359
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.26.1966.684
Language
English
Date Published
25 May 1966
Cover Date
25 May 1966
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
07 April 2009
Available Online
23 July 2009
Reference Number
684
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