By The Australian Heritage Council
The nationwide background checklist used to be created in January 2004 to recognize, have fun and defend areas of remarkable background worth to the state. nationwide history encompasses these locations that demonstrate the richness of Australia's terribly assorted traditional, ancient and Indigenous historical past. One element of normal 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 numerous lesser-known websites that experience very important background values.
The Australian background Council engaged palaeontologists from country museums and the Northern Territory Museum and artwork Gallery to assemble lists of remarkable fossil websites and to rfile their features and relative value opposed to more than a few different types, so as to extra our realizing approximately Australia’s vital fossil background. websites that have been indexed for nationwide or global historical past values weren't incorporated within the locations for attention, with the point of interest being on lesser-known yet nonetheless vital websites. This booklet is an account of the palaeontologists’ findings. a number of the websites that have been integrated within the preliminary lists have seeing that been regarded via directory at the nationwide background record or the realm background List.
Australia's Fossil background presents an invaluable connection with the phenomenal fossil websites it catalogues, and offers a clearer figuring out of the historical past values of such websites. extra typically, it contributes to a better appreciation of Australia’s geological and fossil range and allows readers to benefit extra approximately Australia's prehistory.
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The site was a potential location (unsuccessful) for the Cambrian–Ordovician Global Stratotype (Druce et al. 1982). ). The site tells the story of the rise of modern animal groups and is of particular use in geological correlation. Scientific importance and research potential Significant studies of the site and its fauna have been summarised by Shergold et al. (1991). Work on the specific faunas include conodonts (Druce and Jones 1971; Nicoll 1991; Nicoll and Shergold 1991); trilobites (Shergold 1972, 1975, 1982); polyplacophorans (Runnegar et al.
Stories The site has excellent and important dioramic potential for showcasing a northern assemblage of non-rainforest plants during the Palaeogene. The close similarity of the Cape Van Diemen flora to modern ‘dry rainforest’ floras of north Australia allows accurate reconstruction and modelling. Ellery Creek Section Overview Ellery Creek Section is a Late Proterozoic–Permian microfossil site of exceptional historical and evolutionary significance that spans a 7800-metre stratigraphic section. The northern part of the section is in West MacDonnell National Park, Ellery Gorge (west of Alice Springs), where it is exposed along an 8-kilometre stretch of the gorge.
1989). Mt Skinner is of historical significance in the development of the understanding of the evolution of multicellular life. It has research potential and is of continued interest as one of relatively few Ediacaran sites in Australia. g. Skinnera brooksi and Hallidaya brueri (Wade 1969) plus trace fossils of similar organisms. Sites from the Ediacaran Period containing body fossils are rare and there are still undescribed taxa from the Mt Skinner fauna (Haines 2005). The presence of undescribed and unnamed taxa means that the full significance of the site cannot yet be assessed and shows that its scientific potential is yet to be fully realised.