- A Natural History of the Marsupial Lion is a detailed and comprehensive
compilation of information about a truly unique family of extinct marsupials
- the Thylacoleonidae. I am pleased to present this revised and expanded
new edition of the website. Thylacoleo Revealed first went online
in November 1999, being an early pioneer amongst natural history websites.
| One of
the guiding principles in the development of the site was that its content
should be fully referenced, just as would be the case in a scientific paper.
This exacting level of verification has ensured that visitors to the site
can be confident in what they read.
Although over 150 years
have passed since the first fossils of Thylacoleo were described,
the species remained one of the great enigmas of Australian palaeontology
until the latter half of the 20th century. Using modern scientific
methods, new insight into the biology of this very unusual mammal has been
reconstruction of Thylacoleo carnifex by Edmund Gill, 1940.
Of the various marsupial
groups, the thylacoleonids are among those which I have always found particularly
fascinating. In 1996, I visited the Naracoorte Caves National Park
in South Australia, a place of particular interest to those who study the
Pleistocene of Australia. Many fine examples of Thylacoleo
fossils have been unearthed within the park's Victoria Fossil Cave.
I wish to extend my
appreciation to all of the researchers, authors,
photographers, and artists throughout time who through their works
have either directly or indirectly made the existence of this website possible.
Cameron R. Campbell
Founder and Curator