12 July 2006

New discovery at Riversleigh

The Australian reports

The fossilised remains of more than 20 previously unknown species are believed to be among those of thousands of extinct creatures recovered from a site in northwest Queensland.

Newly excavated deposits at the world-heritage-listed Riversleigh site promise to throw new light on Australia's prehistoric past.

This is good news. Last year I visited the site, which takes some getting to as it's in a very remote part of north west Queensland and only accessible via a poorly maintained road, I was very disappointed to find that most of the existing interpretive signs had been removed for cleaning. I hope that if they've not been replaced it won't be long before they are. It would also be good if the road there could be improved to ease the pain on vehicle suspensions.

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