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Recently I went to a property in NSW with hundreds of limestone caves after a member of our fossil club invited us on a trip there. I had never even considered going caving before, caves terrify me, but for fossils? Why not. The particular cave we went down was relatively easy, 11m straight down but there was a convenient tree limb above it. Not a fan of abseiling, but again, will do it for fossils. There are better caves in the area for fossils but didn't get around to going down them as we only had half a day, so maybe next time. Once at the bottom of the hole which was the opening, we went down into the actual cave. It was an amazing place; a lot of fantastic limestone formations in a small cavern with a number of other passages and holes we could go down. One of the places we found Pleistocene fossils was under the floor of the main cavern. A wide but shallow cavern was underneath that had bones cemented to the roof. Most had eroded out however. Another passage led down a couple of metres to a different fossil deposit which is where we collected from. A tight squeeze was needed to get through to the face of the deposit so its not a place for the claustrophobic. Heres a photo of that particular face, and some bones that had eroded out of it as well as modern animals that fall in much the same way as their Pleistocene predecessors. A layer of flowstone had formed over the face. The bones here were quite busted and fragmentary as many people had been in here before us and stood on them. I only collected teeth and jaws as they are much more interesting than fragmentary bones IMO. here are some of our finds: Macropus spp. . Vombatus sp. Lizard, perhaps a Tiliqua sp.? We also found a few other things which I will post after they're identified. Also, here is a paper with some more info on the area. And note that these were collected with permission. Thanks,
Dad and I spent a day in a creek near Tambar Springs, NSW on Monday looking for Pleistocene fossils, and we found a few nice things. It isn't the most productive site, so not a bad haul considering our short time there. Some unidentified bone fragments: Macropus sp. calcaneum(?). Forgot to add a ruler, it is 8cm x 3.5cm
I have this fossil Macropus jaw on hold. It will be sent next week. I think it's very cool but I'm not sure of the ID. The seller has it listed as Macropus rufogresius (I think he means rufogriseus, Red Necked Wallaby). However, I don't think that's what it is. The incisor looks much bigger and bladed. Any ideas?