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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.

Cheers,

Paul


Dr Paul M.A. Willis
Consulting Vertebrate Palaeontologist
Quinkana Pty Ltd
pwillis@ozemail.com.au