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Scott, Herbert Hedley (1913) Notes on a fossil whale from Wynyard, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 167-174. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The specimens here referred to were discovered by Mr. R.
N. Atkinson in the tertiary fossil-bearing strata of the Table
Cape series, imbedded at the present tide line. This horizon
is practically basic, and is therefore here assumed to be
miocene. The history of the several recoveries of fossil
cetacean remains in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania,
has of late years been made the subject of an extensive
paper by Dr. T. S. Hall, of the Melbourne University.
As far as is known to me, this is the
first recorded instance of fossil whale bones belonging to the
appendicular skeleton being noted in Australia or Tasmania,
and therefore the find is of more than local interest. Against
this obvious gain there must be set the manifest disadvantage,
that all the tertiary fossil whales have been described from
teeth and skulls, while the appendicular skeleton remains
quite unknown.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 167-174
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection
Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 00:01
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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