Riversleigh/Naracoorte Mammal Fossil Sites

(19.02 S 138.67 E)/(36.95 S 140.83 E)

The Riversleigh/Naracoorte Fossil site is made up of two sites separated by 2,000 km. The Riversleigh site provides outstanding examples of middle to late Tertiary mammal assemblages in a continent whose mammalian evolutionary history has been one of the most isolated and distinctive in the world. At Naracoorte, Victoria Fossil Cave preserves an outstanding record of terrestrial vertebrate life spanning the last 170,000 years.

Riversleigh is one of the richest and most exciting fossil fields in the world. The deposits at Riversleigh are a massive burial ground of prehistoric creatures. The field, located 75 kms to the south east of beautiful Lawn Hill National Park, includes the fossil remains of giant pythons (Monty Pythonoides), carnivorous kangaroos, marsupial lions and huge flightless 'thunder birds'.

The Riversleigh Society publishes a newsletter, Riversleigh Notes, and also does fund raising to help support studies of the Riversleigh fossil deposits and Australian prehistory in general. Correspondence should be addressed to:

The Riversleigh Society, Inc.     phone  (02)385-2113
PO Box 876
Kensington NSW 2033  AUSTRALIA  

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Last updated: March 20, 2012