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Re: Australian mammal remains

>Just about every news program in Melbourne last night
>ran the story about the mammal jaw found at the Inverloch rock
>platform site in south eastern Australia, dating to around 115 MYA.
>Apparently it has been dubbed "Mighty Mouse" or some such silly
>name, and the news program I saw (I was in a restaurant at the time,
>so hearing it was a bit of a strain) seemed to suggest that it was
>the oldest mammal remains anywhere. Surely not? I've got an old
>palaeontological book from the early 1980s that mentions Triassic
>mammal remains.
>        If the name "Mighty Mouse" is anything to go by, could it
>be the world oldest rodent? Having seen the story in a restaurant
>on four different TVs simultaneously (only one with sound) I
>don't have much in the way of details, but the Drs Rich seemed quite
>excited about the find. Does anyone out there, unlike myself at
>this stage, actually know anything about the find?

The specimen is a placental, possibly the worlds oldest. It is not a rodent
which are relatively advanced mammals. The specimen cosists of a lower jaw
with premolars and molars still attached. As always, the Science Show on
Radio National gace tyhe best coverage.



Dr Paul M.A. Willis
Consulting Vertebrate Palaeontologist
Quinkana Pty Ltd