THE AFFINITIES OF BURRAMYS PARVUS BROOM A FOSSIL PHALANGEROID MARSUPIAL

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SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

  • 1The major part of Broom's original collection of specimens of Burramys parvus Broom has been re-examined with the acetic acid technique.
  • 2Additional information thus acquired makes it certain that Burramys parvus does not belong within the Macropodidae, nor is it ancestral to them.
  • 3Resemblances to Hypsiprymnodon moschatus are the result of convergence, and suggested affinities with Thylacoleo appear to be without adequate foundation.
  • 4Burramys parvus has features in common with several genera of Phal-angerinae, in particular with Eudromicia, Cercaertus, and Petaurus and should be included in this subfamily instead of being placed in a separate monotypic subfamily.
  • 5Those figured specimens of the species described by Broom from the Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales, which are at present in the Australian Museum, Sydney, must be presumed to be the types.

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