Australian Megafauna - Procoptodon and Diprotodon - fossils available

Hi Guys,

Just to let you know, I have some Australian Megafauna fossils I'd be happy to trade or sell to those with interest in the area.

I have 16 pieces of Procoptodon (giant kangaroo) bones of varying sizes, that I was allowed to keep after an expedition by the state museum.

I also have an enormous tooth, about a foot long and still showing its original enamel, and a couple of skull fragments from a Diprotodon (giant wombat) that I found myself on a geology field trip.

I have documentation authorising the export of these fossils outside Australia.

Not meaning to spam, its just that I'm aware this kind of material is very rarely available and I'd like to see the specimens go to an appreciative home ;]

I can be contacted at for photos and further information




  • archtas

January issue of Palarch now online

The January 2007 issue of our free journals is now online at with one paper on Egyptology/Archaeology of Egypt:

A.J. Veldmeijer: Preliminary report on the leatherwork from Roman Berenike, Egyptian Red Sea Coast (1994-2000)

The paper: Wild, J.-P. Wild & F. Wild: The Textiles from Sikait (Egyptian Eastern Desert) has been postponed again due to the fact that we still wait for some pictures to be sent by the excavation.

The issue includes the following book reviews:

Duin, van der, M. 2007. Book review of: Ambrose, T. & C. Paine. 2006. Museum basics. Second edition. (London/New York, Routledge).

Tebes, J.M. 2007. Book review of: Bienkowski, P. & K. Galor. Eds. 2006. Crossing the Rift. Resources, Routes, Settlement Patterns and Interaction in
the Wadi Arabah. (Oxford, Oxbow [Levant Supplementary Series Volume 3]).

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2007. Book review of: Hellenbarth, J. 2006. Gräber und Tempel. Archäologische Stätten in Oberägypten und Nubien. 2007. (Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern [calender]).

Hagen, F. 2007. Book review of: Jasnow, R. & K.-Th. Zauzich. 2005. The Ancient Egyptian Book of Thoth: A Demotic Discourse on Knowledge and Pendant to the Classical Hermetica (Volume I & II). (Wiesbaden, Otto Harrasowitz).

Moje, J. 2007. Book review of: Morenz, L.D. 2004. Bild-Buchstaben und symbolische Zeichen. Die Herausbildung der Schrift in der hohen Kultur Altägyptens.(Fribourg, Academic Press/Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht [Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 205]).

Veldmeijer, A.J. 2007. Book review of: Wedel, C. 2005. Nofretete und das Geheimnis von Amarna. (Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern [Zaberns Bildbände
zur Archäologie]).

PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology features the long awaited paper:

Plas, van der, M. 2007. A new model for the evolution of Homo sapiens from the Wallacean islands.

The issue includes the following book reviews:

Sachs, S. 2007. Book review of: Everhart, M.J. 2005. Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea. (Bloomington, Indiana University Press).

Beatty, B.L. 2007. Book review of: Herrel, A., T. Speck & N.P. Rowe. Eds. 2006. Ecology and Biomechanics: A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants. (Boca Raton, CRC Taylor & Francis).

Wedel, M. 2007. Book review of: Tidwell, V. & K. Carpenter. Eds. 2005. Thunder–Lizards: The Sauropodomorph Dinosaurs. (Bloomington, Indiana University Press).

Nieuwland, I.J.J. 2007. Book review of: Videler, J.J. 2005. Avian Flight. (Oxford, Oxford University Press ([Oxford Ornithology Series, edited by T.R. Birkhead. Volume 15]).

Our PalArch's Journal of archaeology of northwest Europe has one book review:

Clapham, A.J. 2007. Book review of: Prance, G., Sir & M. Nesbitt. 2005. The Cultural History of Plants. (London/New York, Routledge).

Our Newsletter includes, besides News on the Foundation, a column by C. Grau, Proceedings of the 8th meeting of the Dutch Vertebrate Palaeontology Group by N. den Ouden, Egypt in photographs by Z. Kosc and Forward to the past. An analysis of Future-oriented research in the heritage field by M. van der Duin.
  • apewit

Thylacine Videos?

I saw the first video originally posted by chika_jin, and thought it was worth posting, I found a shorter one on YouTube looking for the longer.

This is the shorter one I found on YouTube. You can't see much because it's so short, and it looks like someone zoomed in on the animal in post to give a better view of it. Not sure if it's a dog or not, but the heavy head and thin hindquarters are interesting. Seems it was filmed in 1979.

This is the longer one form chika_jin's original post, showing a possible thylacine running across the road, filmed in 1973. It shows the animal on a run cycle, and since I haven't come across any real running videos of living thylacines, it's hard to tell exactly what a running thylacine would look like. Eyewitness accounts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries of living animals seem to say it had a stiff, bounding gait, so the only thing I can think of is comparing it to a canid run cycle, since if it's not a thylacine, it's most likely a dog of some kind.

I searched 'running dog' on YouTube just to get some videos of well, dogs running, so here's a few:

pair of poodles

dog chasing a boy

No idea who those are, just giving a couple of shots of dogs running.

For comparison, Here's the most comprehensive archive of thylacine footage I've seen online, at the Thylacine Museum

The longer one looks interesting, but as always I'm usually skeptical about these things. Although, this may mean a relict population had survived into the 1970's and possibly early 80's. Aside from this, there's nothing recent that makes me even wonder if it's real, most recent stuff looks more like photoshopped old thylacine photos, like the infamous German tourist shots that caused such fuss last year. But as always, I'm no expert so I'm not always right. This does make me wonder though, as it's a lot less 'hidden' than the others. The person filming it seems to be making an effort to keep the camera steady and it's not -too- blurry, but you still can't really see the markings or anything with absolute clarity. Still a lot better than a vague shape hiding behind leaves.

Cross posted to pouchedmammals

3m carnivourous whale

Hello. I currently can't find the newspaper article online, but that may be because I saw it in our local newspaper on Thursday.

It's about an extinct species of australia's mammals. It's a carnivorous baleen whale. Yes, you heard that right. It's a baleen whale, with teeth...which is suspected as one of the original baleen ancestors.
It was believed to hang around australia and the inland ocean feeding of sharks.
It had a wonderful artistic photo with the article.
Maybe I can find the paper and scan it for you all.
Anyway, I found it interesting.

found a similar article online:
it's not the article or image or even the creature thursday's article was on. but it's interesting nonetheless
  • apewit

Thylacine photo News

Supposed first release of the infamous thylacine photos taken by a German tourist that made waves recently. For those who don't remember: supposedly a German tourist took this photo of a thylacine while on vacation, and went public saying he had the images. When the Australian government offered a sizable sum of money to take and analyze them, he then 'grew shy of the publicity' and went underground with them. If there are the actual photos, my thinking is he realized anyone could see they're fakes.

They look hauntingly familiar to This famous image, taken by Fleay, with a little editing to close the mouth, as well as This image taken at the London zoo. The second one looks like whatever image was used in the first slid forward a little to make it appear the animal is 'moving'.

Also, an article claiming another famous photo taken in the 1920's may have been little more than a mounted animal with a chicken in it's mouth. But I'm not so sure that one was faked.

Cross posted to pouchedmammals
  • apewit

Recent article on 'Killer Kangaroos'

"Killer Kangaroo and Duck of Doom"

Sensationalist title aside, I'm unclear on exactly what we're supposed to be looking at here, it sounds like Propleopus oscillans, maybe some subspecies or related species, but not sure since it's so vague. I guess I can't expect much from AOL online news. I so far haven't been able to find any real articles online about this though. A lot of times these public articles come out with 'new discoveries' that were actually discovered years ago and just recently defined.

(no subject)

hey all.

Okay, today in my class the carnivorous kangaroo was mentioned in a brief part about culture [I'm doing a course in Tasmania on tourism] and out of curiosity I came across this place:

Well, i hope it hasn't already been posted, but alot of marsupials and monotremes are mentioned and i thought you guys might want to look as it lists and sumerises alot of extinct creatures

has lots of images, but i don't think alot of them are correct and i acrually like the entry before this of the sketched marsupial.. lion? i'm sorry, my memory is foggy.

so, i hope you all enjoy ^^

(no subject)

So! I've recently invested quite a bit of time doing dabblings of online research about Thylacosmilus, the marsupial predator that very much resembled sabre-tooth cats.

What I discovered was, they don't look so much like cats. They look more like koalas and Tazzy devils all mixed into one. How do I know this?

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