Victoria Fossil Cave, Butch and Lake Chamber (Pleistocene to of Australia)

Also known as Victoria Cave, 5U1; Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Area

Where: South Australia, Australia (37.0° S, 140.8° E: paleocoordinates 37.0° S, 140.8° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Middle Pleistocene to Middle Pleistocene (0.8 - 0.0 Ma)

• age is not given but may not be older than that of the main chamber deposit

Environment/lithology: cave; unlithified breccia

• “All bone material within the chamber is found within the rock pile on the chamber floor, without any sedimentary context [...]” (Reed & Bourne, 2000).

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by CEGSA, SAM, FU in 1970s, 1997-1998

• The Butch and Lake Chamber was discovered in the early 1970s and initial collecting took place back then. Additional collecting took place in 1997/98.

•The collected material is housed in the Flinders University, Adelaide, vertebrate paleontology collection.

Primary reference: E. H. Reed and S. J. Bourne. 2000. Pleistocene fossil vertebrate sites of the South East region of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 124(2):61-90 [J. Mueller/T. Liebrecht/T. Liebrecht]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 136074: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Albert Garcia Selles on 16.11.2012, edited by Torsten Liebrecht

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Squamata - Varanidae
Varanus sp. Merrem 1820 monitor lizard
 Diprotodontia - Phascolarctidae
Phascolarctos cinereus Goldfuss 1817 koala
 Diprotodontia - Macropodidae
Macropus cf. rufogriseus Desmarest 1817 red-necked wallaby
Macropus cf. fuliginosus Desmarest 1817 western grey kangaroo
 Diprotodontia -
Simosthenurus cf. gilli short-faced kangaroo
 Diprotodontia - Thylacoleonidae
Thylacoleo carnifex Owen 1859 diprotodont marsupial
 Dasyuromorphia - Thylacinidae
Thylacinus cynocephalus Harris 1808 thylacine