Australia's fossil heritage : a catalogue of important by The Australian Heritage Council

By The Australian Heritage Council

The nationwide historical past record used to be created in January 2004 to recognize, have fun and guard areas of remarkable background price to the country. nationwide background encompasses these locations that demonstrate the richness of Australia's terribly diversified average, old and Indigenous history. One element of traditional historical past that has been little explored is Australia’s wealth of remarkable fossil websites. whereas a small variety of fossil websites have risen to public prominence, there are lots of lesser-known websites that experience very important historical past values.
The Australian background Council engaged palaeontologists from kingdom museums and the Northern Territory Museum and artwork Gallery to bring together lists of exceptional fossil websites and to rfile their features and relative significance opposed to a number different types, as a way to additional our figuring out approximately Australia’s very important fossil history. websites that have been indexed for nationwide or international history values weren't integrated within the locations for attention, with the point of interest being on lesser-known yet nonetheless vital websites. This ebook is an account of the palaeontologists’ findings. a few of the websites that have been integrated within the preliminary lists have due to the fact been recognized via directory at the nationwide historical past record or the realm history List.
Australia's Fossil historical past offers an invaluable connection with the exceptional fossil websites it catalogues, and offers a clearer realizing of the background values of such websites. extra ordinarily, it contributes to a better appreciation of Australia’s geological and fossil range and allows readers to profit extra approximately Australia's prehistory.

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Initial studies of the fauna formed part of the reconnaissance work of Jack and Etheridge (1892). Studies of coral taxa and ecology by Hill (1942b), Zhen (1991), Zhen and Jell (1996); stromatoporoid ecology and taxonomy (Cook 1999), gastropod taxonomy (Cook 1993b, 1997; Etheridge 1917; Heidecker 1959), conodonts (Talent and Mawson 1994), bivalves (Cook 1993a; Heidecker 1959) and a crinoid (Jell et al. 1988) have resulted in a moderately well known fauna that is still incompletely documented. Studies have identified over 35 coral taxa (Zhen and Jell 1996), 25 species of gastropods (Cook 1997; Heidecker 1959), 24 species of stromatoporoid (Cook 1995, 1999), at least 10 tabulate coral species, and a variety of undocumented brachiopods, bivalves, nautiloids, chaetetids and other faunal elements.

G. VickersRich and Rich 1993b) and has been featured in television documentaries (ABC and Discovery Channel productions). Using Alcoota material, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory staff have been able to assemble complete composite skeletons of several species, with sufficient material available for several additional specimens. The pioneering investigation of the site by Woodburne is of historical significance as a key element in the Australian land mammal biochronological 2.

Assemblages of comparable age are known from Riversleigh (Qld), particularly the Faunal Zone C sites and Encore Site (Travouillon et al. 2006). Stories Bullock Creek local fauna has excellent dioramic potential. It is the subject of displays in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The assemblage appears to have been substantially accumulated by the large crocodilian predator Baru darrowi. Skeletal remains of other taxa commonly show tooth puncture marks and other predator damage.

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