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Type: Journal article
Title: Pleistocene frogs from the Darling Downs, southeastern Queensland, and their palaeoenvironmental significance
Author: Price, G.
Tyler, M.
Cooke, B.
Citation: Alcheringa: an Australian journal of palaeontology, 2005; 29(1):171-182
Publisher: Geological Society Australia Inc
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0311-5518
Abstract: Systematic collecting from fluvial late Pleistocene deposits from the Darling Downs, southeast Queensland, Australia, has led to the recovery of the first fossil frogs from the region, ail from the Myobatrachidae, a family of ground dwelling and burrowing frogs. The most common species recovered, Limnodynastes tasmaniensis, is extant on the Darling Downs. The fossil taxa include species whose extant populations inhabit arid zones(Limnodynastes sp. cf. L. spenceri), montane forests (Kyarranus spp.), and open woodlands (Neobatrachus sudelli), and indicate the existence of a mosaic of habitats during the Pleistocene. The absence of the Hylidae (tree frogs), a family common throughout the Darling Downs today, may be explained by a taphonomic bias that favours non-arboreal forms. Alternatively, hylids may have been rare or absent on the Darling Downs during the Pleistocene. © 2005 Association of Australasian Palaeontologists.
DOI: 10.1080/03115510508619566
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