White Hunter Site (Oligocene of Australia)

Also known as WH Site, “Hall’s Hill”, Hal’s Hill, D-Site Plateau, Riversleigh

Where: Queensland, Australia (19.1° S, 138.7° E: paleocoordinates 34.0° S, 133.4° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Faunal Zone A zone, Carl Creek Limestone Formation, Late/Upper Oligocene (28.4 - 23.0 Ma)

• “White Hunter Site is one of the oldest Riversleigh sites, chronologically between the Wipajiri and Etadunna formations of South Australia on the basis of biostratigraphic correlation (Archer et al. 1989, 1994)” (Muirhead & Wroe, 1998).

•Because the Etadunna Fm. is a South Australian stratigraphic equivalent of the “System A”-aged deposits of Riversleigh, the entry >>?Etadunna<< is replaced by >>Carl Creek Limestone<< (TL).

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithology not reported

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Reposited in the UQ

Primary reference: J. Muirhead and S. Wroe. 1998. A new genus and species, Badjcinus turnbulli (Thylacinidae: Marsupialia), from the Late Oligocene of Riversleigh, Northern Australia, and an investigation of thylacinid philogeny. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(3):612-626 [J. Alroy/A. Garcia Selles]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 135706: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Albert Garcia Selles on 05.11.2012, edited by Mark Uhen, Philip Mannion and Torsten Liebrecht

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Loricata -
Crocodylia "White Hunter cranial form 2"7 crocodilian
QM F31079 and F31080 (cranial elements)
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Baru wickeni7 Willis 1997 crocodile
QM F31071-31073 (partial mandibles)
Baru huberi n. sp.7 Willis 1997 crocodile
QM F31060 - type (partial snout); paratypes: QM F specimens
Ultrastenos willisi6 Stein et al. 2016 crocodile
QM F31075-31078 (cranial elements)
Mekosuchus whitehunterensis n. sp.7 Willis 1997 crocodile
QM F31051 - type (right maxilla); paratypes: QM F specimens
Quinkana meboldi n. sp.7 Willis 1997 crocodile
QM F31056 - type (left maxilla); paratypes: QM F specimens
 Squamata - Madtsoiidae
Yurlunggur sp.5 Scanlon 1992 snake
QM F51378 (an isolated pterygoid)
 Squamata - Pythonidae
"Pythoninae indet." = Pythonidae4
"Pythoninae indet." = Pythonidae4 Fitzinger 1826 python
"Morelia or Python sp. indet (possible M. riversleighensis)" QM F23033 ("large complete dentary") and AR 10411 (a single vertebra)
Mammalia
 Marsupialia - Palorchestidae
Ngapakaldia bonythoni1 Stirton 1967 marsupial
 Diprotodontia - Macropodidae
Cookeroo bulwidarri n. gen. n. sp.2
Cookeroo bulwidarri n. gen. n. sp.2 Butler et al. 2016 kangaroo
 Diprotodontia -
Ganawamaya aediculus n. gen. n. sp.3
Ganawamaya aediculus n. gen. n. sp.3 Cooke 1992 diprotodont marsupial
 Dasyuromorphia - Thylacinidae
Badjcinus turnbulli n. gen. n. sp.
Badjcinus turnbulli n. gen. n. sp. Muirhead and Wroe 1998 thylacine