Mr Neville Pledge

Honorary Research Associate Palaeontology

+61 8 8207 7454
neville.pledge@samuseum.sa.gov.au

 

Neville grew up in Adelaide and after gaining his BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Adelaide, he went to America to study vertebrate palaeontology at the University of Wyoming (dinosaur country). Whilst there Neville learned of a new position being established at the South Australian Museum and applied successfully. He cut short his studies, gained a Masters Degree and returned to Adelaide in May 1969 as the first Curator of Fossils.   Neville retired in early 2001 and immediately became an Honorary Research Associate in order to continue and complete a number of projects.

 

Research Interests                     

Evolution of Australian vertebrates, specifically fossil koalas, wombats, wynyardiids, possums, Ektopodon, whales, sharks and South Australian dinosaurs.

 

Current Research Projects              

Systematics and evolution of the marsupial family Wynyardiidae.

New material of ektopodontids.

Triassic vertebrates from South Australia.

New fossil whale specimens from the River Murray.

 

Professional Associations           

  • Member, Australasian Association of Palaeontologists

  • Member, Geological Society of Australia

  • Member, Royal Society of South Australia

  • Member, Society of Vertebrate Palaeontologists

 

Education

  • BSc (Hons), University of Adelaide (1965)

  • MSc, University of Adelaide (1967)

  • MS, University of Wyoming (1969)

     

Publications

  1. Pledge, N. S. (2010). A new koala (Marsupialia: Phascolarctidae) from the late Oligocene Etadunna Formation, Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia. Australian Mammalogy 32: 79–86.

  2. Pledge, N. S. (2010). The Telford “Cetothere” (Cetacea: Mysticeti: Cetotheridae). Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 134 (2): 158–163.

  3. Kear, B. P. and Pledge, N. S. (2007). A new fossil kangaroo from the Oligocene-Miocene Etadunna Formation of Ngama Quarry, Lake Palankarinna, South Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 55: 331–339.

  4. Pledge, N. S. (2006). Sirenians in southern Australia – first fossil record. Alcheringa Special Issue 1: 295–305.

  5. Pledge, N. S. (2005). The Riversleigh wynyardiids. Proceedings of the Conference of Australasian Vertbrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51 (1): 135–169.

  6. Pledge, N. S. (2005).  A new species of early Oligocene cetacean from Port Willunga, South Australia. Proceedings of the Conference of Australasian Vertbrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 51 (1): 123–133.

  7. Pledge, N. S. (2003).  A new species of Muramura Pledge (Wynyardiidae: Marsupialia) from the Middle Tertiary of the Callabonna Basin, northeastern South Australia. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 13 (279): 541–555.

  8. Pledge, N. S. (2002). First report of cupressacean cones in the Eocene Eyre Formation of South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum 36(2): 185–191.
  9. Pledge, N. S., Prescott, J. R., and Hutton, J. T. (2002).  A late Pleistocene occurrence of Diprotodon at Hallett Cove, South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 126(1): 39–44.
  10. Alley, N. F. and Pledge, N. S. (2000).  ‘The plants, animals and environments of the last 280 (290) million years’ in Slaytor, W. J. H. (ed.) Part 2 Lake Eyre SouthLake Eyre South Monograph Series 5: 35–82.