The Curramulka Local Fauna: A New Late Tertiary Fossil Assemblage from Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
NEVILLE S. PLEDGE
South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia.
Discovery of fossiI bones in the unflushed core of ajoint-controlled cave at Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula, has revealed a rich and diverse vertebrate fauna, consisting of at least 27 species, most of which are marsupials. A preliminary list is given, in which few taxa are identified to a specific level. Several new species are recognized, but most, except a giant koala, a giant ringtail and a new species of Simostllenurus, are not named or described in detail, pending the discovery of more diagnostic material. The apparent absence of several taxa, viz. bandicoots and rodents, is discussed in view of the postulated Pliocene, or even late Miocene, age suggested by the generic composition of the fauna.