McCoy and Sarcophilus Harrisii Boitard, 1842 - A diabolical relationship

Gerdtz, W. R. 2001, McCoy and Sarcophilus Harrisii Boitard, 1842 - A diabolical relationship, The Victorian naturalist, vol. 118, no. 5, pp. 231-233.

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Title McCoy and Sarcophilus Harrisii Boitard, 1842 - A diabolical relationship
Formatted title McCoy and Sarcophilus Harrisii Boitard, 1842 - A diabolical relationship
Author(s) Gerdtz, W. R.
Journal name The Victorian naturalist
Volume number 118
Issue number 5
Start page 231
End page 233
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc.
Place of publication Blackburn, Vic
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary Frederick McCoy contributed to the knowledge of the fossil record of the Tasmanian Devil Sarcophilus harrisii Boitard, 1842 in Victoria by including a number of figured specimens in the Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria. However, an article McCoy wrote under the pseudonym 'Microzooni highlighted his anti-Darwinian thoughts and embraced a successionist viewpoint. The article, entitled 'Pre-historic Tasmanian Devils', is an interesting account of zoogeography from a successionist perspective, and is used here to contrast McCoy's anti-evolutionary viewpoint with modern Darwinian thought. A number of fossil sarcophilines discovered since McCoy's death illustrate the shortcomings of McCoy's favoured anti-Darwinian viewpoint when discussing the nature of evolution and extinction.
Language eng
Field of Research 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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