From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Fossil sites in SA, Vic heritage listed
Terry Bailey from the Environment and Heritage Department says the Nilpena fossil site has examples of some of the oldest geology in the world.
He says protecting the site is vital to ensure a greater scientific understanding of evolution.
“The Ediacara fossil site near Nilpena exposes a spectacular array of soft-bodied marine fossils,” he said.
“That’s some of the most intact evidence of the oldest multi-cellular animal life within Australia and within the world.”
Meanwhile 11 of Australia’s convict sites are to be nominated collectively for world heritage listing.
The federal Environment and Heritage Minister, Ian Campbell, says the sites tell a unique story of the exile of convicts from one side of the world to another.
“Australia was settled with a lot of convict labour, it’s an essential part of the foundation of this young nation,” he said.
“A lot of anguish, a lot of horrible stories amongst them, but it is in fact an essential part of Australia’s history and therefore world history.”
USA: The Pacific Northwest is an amazing area for fossils: here.
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