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Cavers find huge fossil deposit in Australia

Posted on Friday, 27 July, 2012 | Comment icon 6 comments


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Fossils dating back to 500,000 years ago have been found in a vast newly discovered network of caves.

Located in the far north of Australia, the limestone caves are proving to be a treasure trove of fossil remains from creatures ranging from tiny rats to giant kangaroos. The sheer number and variety of discoveries being made is providing experts with key clues to the ways in which various species adapted to climate change and evolved in to their current forms.

"What we're trying to do up here is really look at the fossils and look at the animals and see how they responded to those prehistoric climatic changes, and that's something that's really quite relevant to today," said University of Queensland paleontologist Gilbert Price.

"Cavers have stumbled upon a vast network of tunnels containing fossils that could offer key insights into species' adaptation to climate change, Australian scientists announced."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by unit on 27 July, 2012, 11:28
...500,000 years ago... ...species' adaptation to climate change... i can already see what this news report was designed to do. (thanks for bringing it, saru.)
Comment icon #2 Posted by kwin on 27 July, 2012, 17:35
Spot on Unit. The same thing jumped off the page at me........
Comment icon #3 Posted by King Fluffs on 27 July, 2012, 18:35
Well lucky them...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Paracelse on 27 July, 2012, 19:55
i can already see what this news report was designed to do. (thanks for bringing it, saru.) What do you mean? That the animal world can adapt to changes? That the world evolved from rain forest to arid grassland or move? Or did Noah loaded them on his ark?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Purifier on 27 July, 2012, 20:54
The smaller creatures were thought to have been carried into the cave by a predator such as an owl, while the larger ones, including a 2.2-metre (7.2-feet), 180-kilogram (396 pounds) mega kangaroo, probably tumbled into it through a hole. Then again, maybe it was a case of a larger predator dragging or carring them all in the cave for a meal. Including the mega kangaroo since they only found one fossilized skelton so far.
Comment icon #6 Posted by csspwns on 28 July, 2012, 5:17
still no bigfoot fossils eh?


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