Dorcopsoides is a genus of extinct species of kangaroo from the Pliocene of Australia.[1]

Temporal range: Late Miocene - Pliocene
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Diprotodontia
Family: Macropodidae
Genus: Dorcopsoides
Woodburne, 1967
D. fossilis
Binomial name
Dorcopsoides fossilis
Woodburne, 1967



Dorcopsoides was described in 1967 from the well-preserved lower jaw, skull fragments and occipital found in the Upper Miocene Alcoota Fossil Beds north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It was part of the Alcoota local fauna, which also included zygomaturine diprotodonts, a type of mihirung (Ilbandornis), a crocodile (Baru) and the giant thylacine, Thylacinus potens.[2]

It was about the size of a gray and black four-eyed opossum. The generic name (Dorcopsoides) indicates a resemblance to forest wallabies (Dorcopsis) now living in New Guinea and neighboring islands.[3]


  1. ^ "Dorcopsoides". Fossilworks. Gateway to the Paleobiology Database..
  2. ^ Alcoota Fossil Beds – Government of the Northern Territory
  3. ^ Long, John A. & Archer, Michael (2002). Prehistoric mammals of Australia and New Guinea: one hundred million years of evolution. UNSW Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0801872235.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)