New species of Dasyurid

Subfossils collected in a cave on the Nullarbor has revealed a diversity of mammals that no longer present today. The specimens seem to have accumulated since Europeans arrived in Australia. The fauna preserved includes dasyurids, bandicoots, rodents, birds and reptiles, with some species known to have gone extinct. Among the dasyurids, two large species are not recognised and may represent new species that have gone extinct recently. This is significant since no species of dasyurids are known to have gone extinct since European arrival. The aim of the project is to document the diversity of the site, and name any new species discovered. The project would use a mix of traditional anatomy and morphometrics to identify species, as well as phylogenetics. Contact Kenny Travouillon

the 'good' - a marsupial HairyFootedDunnart Photo Christine Cooper