Wombat complete subfossil mandible
McCoy Society for Field Investigation and Research (estab. 1935, closed 1998)
06 Dec 1937-26 Jan 1938
Complete subfossil mandible in two parts of a common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), first molar absent. This specimen was collected by the McCoy Society on their 1937/8 expedition to Bass Strait's King Island. In 1802, the log books of the sailing ship the Lady Nelson recorded the existence of wombats on King Island, but the Field Naturalists’ Club of Victoria failed to find any during their 1887 visit, suggesting that the species went extinct on the island some time before the beginning of the twentieth century.
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