The Catalogue of Australian Fossils was commenced in 1868 in conjunction with my friend and former colleague Mr Norman Taylor, merely with the view of carrying out our duties in connection with the Geological Survey of Victoria...
The subject of Australian Geology and Palaeontology is even now only in its infancy, notwithstanding the rapid strides which have been made within the last few years. It naturally results therefore, that although the number of species to be listed may be small when compared with those of other countries, still, often from the absence of definite information, the compilation has been attended with no ordinary difficulties. This will, I hope, to some extent tend to explain the many imperfections to be found in the * Catalogue,' and of which no one is more conscious than I am. The present is, so far as I know, the first attempt at a complete list of Australian fossil Organic Remains, and notwithstanding the daily increasing number of species to be still more largely augmented in the future, I trust that the present effort will be found a tolerably faithful record of Australian Palaeontology up to the year 1878.
By Robert Etheridge. Paperback/ 268 pages (2018).
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