Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Fossil Hunters in Shock Discovery; Items Found Date from 45 Million Years Ago

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Fossil Hunters in Shock Discovery; Items Found Date from 45 Million Years Ago

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THEY are relics from a time when Australia was a land of erupting volcanoes and rift valleys.

Immortalised by a quirk of fate, tiny fossils collected from a site between Gladstone and Bundaberg last week were on display at the World Science Festival, Gladstone on the weekend.

Researcher Dr Anita Milroy, CQUniversity lecturer Dr Andrew Hammond and Dr Andrew Rozefelds, head of sciences at the Queensland Museum, uncovered the fossils of plants and insects, believed to be about 45 million years old, on private land near Lowmead.

Dr Milroy said she was surprised to find what she thought was a horsetail fossil from 45 million years ago.

A horsetail is a type of plant with joints like bamboo, previously thought to have gone extinct in Australia about 95 million years ago.

"It's important to realise, science is a story that changes with each new discovery," DrMilroy said.

"We're pretty excited about (the horsetail)."

Dr Rozefelds said "maybe they are turning up here, because nobody has looked here before". …

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