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Notes on a fossil whale from Wynyard, Tasmania

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posted on 2023-11-22, 10:03 authored by Herbert Hedley Scott
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.

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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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167-174

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0080-4703

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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..

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