By The Australian Heritage Council

The nationwide history checklist used to be created in January 2004 to recognize, rejoice and safeguard areas of exceptional background price to the country. nationwide background encompasses these locations that demonstrate the richness of Australia's terribly various traditional, old and Indigenous history. One element of ordinary 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 various lesser-known websites that experience vital background values.
The Australian background Council engaged palaeontologists from nation museums and the Northern Territory Museum and artwork Gallery to bring together lists of remarkable fossil websites and to rfile their features and relative significance opposed to a number of different types, as a way to additional our realizing approximately Australia’s very important fossil background. websites that have been indexed for nationwide or global history values weren't integrated within the locations for attention, with the point of interest being on lesser-known yet nonetheless vital websites. This e-book is an account of the palaeontologists’ findings. a few of the websites that have been integrated within the preliminary lists have given that been acknowledged via directory at the nationwide background checklist or the realm background List.
Australia's Fossil history offers an invaluable connection with the exceptional fossil websites it catalogues, and offers a clearer figuring out of the history values of such websites. extra commonly, it contributes to a better appreciation of Australia’s geological and fossil variety and allows readers to profit extra approximately Australia's prehistory.

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1 Baru and Diprotodon skulls at Alcoota. Photograph © of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Alcoota occupies an intermediate temporal position between, for example, the Riversleigh (Qld) and Naracoorte (SA) World Heritage sites, and it is younger than the Lake Eyre Basin Etadunna and Wipajiri Formation assemblages (SA) that stand as the reference standards for the base of the Australian land mammal biochronological scheme (a framework of relative ages for land mammals based on biocorrelation between vertebrate faunas).

The pioneering investigation of the site by Woodburne is of historical significance as a key element in the Australian land mammal biochronological 2. Northern territory scheme for the Australian continent first articulated by Stirton and colleagues. The site was known to Aboriginal people and pastoralists at the time of the first scientific investigations. Aboriginal residents on Alcoota pastoral station recognise it as a significant site, but not one of secret or sacred cultural significance.

Mitchell then sent a large collection of fossils from Wellington Caves to Europe for examinations by Georges Cuvier and Owen. Cuvier may never have seen the samples, though he commented on some of them. As a major part of his life work, Sir Richard Owen was progressively able to identify a number of large extinct marsupials and birds first from the Wellington Caves and then from a number of other important nineteenth century mammal fossil sites. His involvement continued until 1888 when, aged 84, he published his last paper on Wellington Caves fossils.

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