Welcome to Thylacoleo Revealed - A Natural History of the Marsupial Lion, a compendium of information on the extinct marsupial family Thylacoleonidae.  Thylacoleonids are predatory marsupials that lived in Australia from the Late Oligocene until the end of the Pleistocene.  Members of this marsupial family varied in size from that of a squirrel to nearly as large as an African lion.  The largest and most well known species of the family is Thylacoleo carnifex.

    Commonly referred to as the "marsupial lion", T. carnifex was a robustly built Ice Age animal with a broad skull and forward-facing binocular eyes.  Among its most unusual features is its dentition, which includes enlarged incisors and shearing premolars.  The first evidence for the existence of Thylacoleo came from fossil material collected in the early 1830s by Major Thomas Mitchell in the Wellington Valley region of New South Wales.  The genus was first described by the famous British anatomist Richard Owen, in 1859.

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go to: Introducing Thylacoleo
Presenting Thylacoleo
Australia and the Marsupials
go to: Discovery and Interpretation
Discovering Thylacoleo
Classification
Feeding Habits
Locomotory Adaptations
go to: Thylacoleonid Genera and Species
Tertiary Genera
Quaternary Genera
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go to: The Caves of Naracoorte
History of the Discoveries
Geology and Geomorphology
Victoria Fossil Cave
The Fossil Fauna
Other Caves at Naracoorte
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Arrival in NSW
En Route to Naracoorte
Into the Fossil Cave
The Fossil Chamber
Other Caves / Visitor Centre
go to: Thylacoleo Fossils
Complete Skulls
Skull Fragments / Teeth
Post-cranial Material
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