Red-necked wallaby subfossil phalanx
McCoy Society for Field Investigation and Research (estab. 1935, closed 1998)
06 Dec 1937-26 Jan 1938
Subfossil phalanx from the fourth toe of a red-necked wallaby (Notamacropus rufogriseus, formerly placed in the genus Macropus). In macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) the fourth toe is very large and strong, the fifth toe moderately so; the second and third are fused; and the first toe is usually missing. The bones have been coated in wax; a museum technique of the early to mid-20th century used to stabilise fragile bones. This specimen were collected by the McCoy Society on their expedition to Bass Strait's King Island from December 6th 1937 to January 26th 1938.
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