On Wednesday the 12th of June 1929, the front page of the Daily News (Perth, Australia) announced the passing away, two days previously, of one of Australia’s foremost natu-ralists: John Thomas Tunney (WebFigure 1). During his time, Tunney was a post office worker, a member of a telegraph construction gang, an employee of land and mining survey companies, and a farmer. He is best known, however, as a col-lector for the Western Australian Museum (Perth) between 1895 and 1906. Little did he know that 80 years after his death, an animal he caught while on a collecting expedition in Australia’s northwest, commissioned by Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in conjunction with the above museum, would leave us with a mystery that can be solved only by revisiting that far- flung corner of the outback . . .
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