Welcome to Thylacoleo - Australia's Marsupial Lion, a natural history of the marsupial family Thylacoleonidae.  Thylacoleonids are predatory marsupials which lived in Australia from Late Oligocene times until the end of the Pleistocene.  Members of this marsupial family varied in dimensions from that of a house cat to nearly the size of an African lion.  The most famous species of the family is Thylacoleo carnifex, which is often referred to as the "Marsupial lion" due to its large size.

    Click on any of the topic listings shown below to begin your tour of the website.  Clicking on a section's title image will take you to its introductory page.

UPDATE - A complete Thylacoleo carnifex skeleton has been discovered in a cave on Western Australia's Nullarbor Plain.  See announcement at The Age.


 
go to:  Introducing Thylacoleo
INTRODUCING THYLACOLEO
AUSTRALIA & THE MARSUPIALS
go to:  Discovery and Interpretation of Thylacoleo
DISCOVERING THYLACOLEO
CLASSIFICATION
FEEDING HABITS
LOCOMOTORY ADAPTATIONS
go to:  Genera and Species of Thylacoleonidae
TERTIARY GENERA
QUATERNARY GENERA
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go to:  The Story of the Naracoorte Caves
HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERIES
GEOLOGY & GEOMORPHOLOGY
VICTORIA FOSSIL CAVE
THE FOSSIL FAUNA
OTHER CAVES AT NARACOORTE
go to:  Thylacoleo Fossils
COMPLETE SKULL
ROTATING VIEW OF A SKULL
ORIGINAL FOSSIL MATERIAL
A JUVENILE MANDIBLE
SKULL FRAGMENTS
AN ISOLATED INCISOR TOOTH
HAND
FOOT
SUGGESTED READING
ABOUT THIS SITE

 
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Cameron R. Campbell - Author

Please also visit my other marsupial website, The Thylacine Museum - A Natural History of the Tasmanian Tiger.
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