**_“In the dinosaur stakes, Australia was dealt a poor hand for a number of reasons. Firstly, when dinosaurs were roamed the earth, there were few places where the right kinds of rocks were being deposited. Dinosaurs tend to be preserved in sediments laid down by rivers and lakes. During the reign of the dinosaurs most of Australia was covered by a shallow sea.
Secondly, since the age of dinosaurs, there has not been much mountain-building in Australia. If land is lifted up and eroded back, it’s possible to see into the rock beds and find the fossils inside. This has happened in a number of the worlds famous dinosaur deposits elsewhere in the world but not here in Australia.
Lastly, compared to many other places in the world, Australia has very few palaeontologists looking for fossils and a very large area to cover. This is slowly changing and the recent increase in dinosaur fossil finds is a result of more palaeontologists getting out and digging around.” This site has been archived _(ABC) **
sooo not that many finds after all, huh.
psyching up for rock season :D there were floods nearby a cupla years ago and i'm hoping there's been enough erosion to get past a few layers upstream of Nigretta Falls. Jasper's very readily found there and angelite uuused to be abundant under falls further downstream (but we took it all away - small bits can still be picked up way downstream, a long long way though.)
The only fossils i've evah found are an opalised ammon#ozite, sme opalised shark teeth, just plain old fossilised shark teeth (i like the pyrite covering), some scallop shells in limestone, our Mount Gambier Stone -fossiliferous limestone (comprised entirely of fossilised creatures) doesnt count as "found" i guess. LOOK how it's mined. I cant go there with anyone who thinks picking a block of limestone is a quick thing to do. This is like a woolshop for me. i have to touch it all. all. There might be something really good in there and look! there is! tiny tiny creatures who did tiny tiny things. millions of them, millions of years ago...what a rock.
oh yeah - back on topic - i'm hoping for peridot this year. There are peridot fields a cupla hours away, that came from younger volcano. Around here (more lava flow than expulsion), i've run across the occassional "egg" but they contain a rather thick, rich ochre which i'm quite impressed with. Would be more impressed with peridot though.