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In search of the dwarf emu (1 Viewer)

Fred Ruhe

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Julian HUME, Lorna STEEL, Gregory MIDDLETON & Kathryn MEDLOCK, 2017

In search of the dwarf emu: A palaeontological survey of King and Flinders Islands, Bass Strait, Australia

Contribuciones del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia". 7: 81–98

Free pdf: https://www.researchgate.net/public...ng_and_Flinders_Islands_Bass_Strait_Australia

Abstract:
An endemic species of dwarf emu, Dromaius minor, which became extinct in the first decade of the 19th century, once occurred on King Island, Bass Strait, Australia. A series of subfossil emu bones were collected on King Island in historical times, but almost no contextual data exists about the fossil locations. Emu egg shell has also been found on Flinders Island, which suggests that an emu species may have once occurred there. Here we present the results of palaeontological surveys of both islands undertaken in 2014 and 2015, and discuss the fossil localities on King Island and the results of our survey on Flinders Island. One of the key fossil localities on King Island was destroyed during the period between the two surveys, so there is an urgent need to protect the remaining fossil sites.

This paper is part of the proceedings of the 9th SAPE meeting in 2016 in Argentina

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Fred
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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