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Re: NEW ZEALAND'S WONDERFUL LITTLE WORLD
>But were there _ever_ mammals
>in NZ? No real reason why not. Terrestrial mammals may have gotten to NZ in the
>Cretaceous (before rifting from Australia approx. 80 mya), but got killed off
>by later extinctions.
One probllem here is that New Zealand was never attached to Australia. It
was attached to Antartica.
>By the Lower Cret, Australia had _Steropodon galmani_,
We also now have a second Cretaceous monotreme in _Kallikodon_.
>_Tingamarra_, a basal
>ungulate from the Eocene, is Australian.
Basal ungulate? I thought it was a condralyth.
Dr Paul M.A. Willis
Consulting Vertebrate Palaeontologist
Quinkana Pty Ltd