Paleonet: Known First as Fossils

pwillis at pwillis at
Wed Mar 7 00:32:00 GMT 2007

Burramys, the Mountain Pygmy Possum. First described by Robert Broome from
fossils in Wombyean Caves NSW in the 1930's then found as a living species
in the 1960's.


Original Message:
From: Carl Mehling cosm at
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:59:42 -0500
To: paleonet at, vrtpaleo at
Subject: Paleonet: Known First as Fossils

Dear all,
Latimeria and Metasequoia are prime examples of taxa known as fossils 
before being found extant. What other examples are out there in the

Carl Mehling
Fossil Amphibian, Reptile, and Bird Collections
Division of Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @79th Street
New York, NY  10024
(212) 769-5849
Fax: (212) 769-5842
cosm at

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