Recent Publications


Travouillon, K.J., Gurovich, Y., Beck, R.M.D. and Muirhead, J., Submitted. An exceptionally well-preserved short-snouted bandicoot (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) from Riversleigh’s Oligo-Miocene deposits, northwestern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

In review

Archer, M., R. M. D. Beck, M. Gott, S. J. Hand, H. Godthelp, and K. Black. In review. Australia’s first fossil marsupial mole (Notoryctemorphia) resolves controversy about the evolution of zalambdodonty in marsupials. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
In press Louys, J., K. P. Aplin, R. M. D. Beck, and M. Archer. in press. Cranial anatomy of Oligo-Miocene koalas (Diprotodontia: Phascolarctidae): stages in the evolution of an extreme leaf-eating specialization. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (feature article).
  Sigé, B., M. Archer, J.-Y. Crochet, H. Godthelp, S. Hand, and R. M. D. Beck. In press. Chulpasia and Thylacotinga, late Paleocene-earliest Eocene trans-Antarctic Gondwanan bunodont marsupials: New data from Australia. Geobios. [journal link - subscription required]
2009 Beck, R. M. D. 2009. Was the Oligo-Miocene Australian metatherian Yalkaparidon a 'mammalian woodpecker'? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97:1-17. [journal link - subscription required]
  Gurovich, Y., and R. M. D. Beck. 2009. The higher-level relationships of the enigmatic mammalian clade Gondwanatheria. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 16:25-49. [journal link - subscription required]
  Hand, S. J., et al. 2009. Bats that walk: a new evolutionary hypothesis for the terrestrial behaviour of New Zealand's endemic mystacinids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:169. [journal link - free download]
2008 Beck, R. M. D. 2008. A dated phylogeny of marsupials using a molecular supermatrix and multiple fossil constraints, Journal of Mammalogy 89:175-189.[BioOne link - subscription required]
  Beck, R. M. D., H. Godthelp, V. Weisbecker, M. Archer, and S. J. Hand. 2008. Australia’s oldest marsupial fossils and their biogeographical implications. PLoS ONE 3:e1858. [journal link - free download]
  Beck, R. M. D., M. Archer, H. Godthelp, B. S. Mackness, S. J. Hand, and J. Muirhead. 2008. A bizarre new family of Marsupialia (incertae sedis) from the early Pliocene of northeastern Australia: implications for the phylogeny of bunodont marsupials. Journal of Paleontology 82:749-762.[BioOne link - subscription required]
2007 Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P., et al. 2007. The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 446:507-512. [journal link - subscription required]
  Higdon, J. W., O. R. P. Bininda-Emonds, R. M. D. Beck, and S. H. Ferguson. 2007. Phylogeny and divergence of the pinnipeds (Carnivora: Mammalia) assessed using a multigene dataset. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:216. [journal link - free download]
2006 Archer, M., et al. 2006. Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa 31:1-17.
  Beck, R. M. D., O. R. P. Bininda-Emonds, M. Cardillo, F.-G. R. Liu, and A. Purvis. 2006. A higher-level MRP supertree of placental mammals. BMC Evolutionary Biology 6:93. [journal link - free download]
  Worthy, T. H., et al. 2006. Miocene mammal reveals a Mesozoic ghost lineage on insular New Zealand, southwest Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103:19419-19423. [journal link - free download]
2005 Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P., R. M. D. Beck, and A. Purvis. 2005. Getting to the roots of matrix representation. Systematic Biology 54:668-672. [journal link - subscription required]