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Found 12 results

  1. Strelley Pool Stromatolite

    From the album Miscellaneous

    A section of a stromatolite from the Strelley Pool Chert, Western Australia. Currently, these stromatolites are among, if not the oldest known fossils. There is possibly earlier evidence of life in the form of biogenic carbon, but this chert produces the oldest known mineralized preservation of organisms. Of course everyone wants to find the "earliest life," and it becomes difficult to differentiate between microorganisms and geologic structures in rocks so old, so there will always be disagreement and competition. Likely, there are older fossils already found or yet to be, but it requires a large amount of evidence and arguing to form some consensus. From what I've seen, this appears to be the most widely accepted "oldest fossil." Perhaps as (or more) interesting is what we can apply from the debate to searching for evidence of life on other worlds ... More info: "Strelley Pool Chert and Early Life" [NASA] "A Rare Glimpse of Paleoarchean Life: Geobiology of an Exceptionally Preserved Microbial Mat Facies from the 3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation, Western Australia" [NCBI] "World's Oldest Fossils Found in Ancient Australian Beach" [Science Magazine] "Stromatolite reef from the Early Archaean era of Australia" [Nature] "Controls on development and diversity of Early Archean stromatolites" [PNAS]
  2. Fossil ID please?

    Hi! I have something that looks very similar, found it on a beach in New Zealand about 30 years ago. Do you know what it is yet?
  3. I just started fossil hunting and was wondering if anyone knew of some fossil sites in Western Australia to start hunting at? Thanks Dermot
  4. Looks like a giant isopod?

    Hi all, Was recently on a short break to Rottnest Island in Western Australia and found a bunch of these in the rocks near the beach on the east coast of the island. I thought they looked like giant isopods but have no idea when they are from or if I am remotely close? Any suggestions? Ta Dan
  5. Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work University of Cambridge, August 14, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814093417.htm Australian Scientists Just Found A 'Perfectly Preserved' 275 Million Year Old Starfish Fossil, Rae Johnston, Gizmodo https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/australian-scientists-just-found-a-perfectly-preserved-275-million-year-old-starfish-fossil/ Starfish the size of dinner plates discovered at Gascoyne Junction, Curtin Uni, West Australian, August 13, 2017 https://thewest.com.au/news/wildlife/starfish-the-size-of-dinner-plates-discovered-at-gascoyne-junction-by-uwa-curtin-uni-researchers-ng-b88567204z The paper is: Aaron W. Hunter and Kenneth J. McNamara. 2017. Prolonged co-existence of “Archaic” and “Modern” Palaeozoic ophiuroids – evidence from the early Permian, Southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14772019.2017.1353549 Yours, Paul
  6. Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48-billion- year-old Australian rocks, Phys.Org https://phys.org/news/2017-05-oldest-evidence-life-billion-year-old-australian.html Australian Fossils Hint At Where To Search For Life On Mars, Capital Public Radio News ‎ http://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=527575457 http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/09/527575457/australian-fossils-hint-at-where-to-search-for-life-on-mars Oldest land-based fossils ever discovered ... The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-fossils-charles-darwin-origin-of-life-theory-pond-proof-a7726351.html Tara Djokic, Martin J. Van Kranendonk, Kathleen A. Campbell, Malcolm R. Walter & Colin R. Ward, 2017, Earliest signs of life on land preserved in ca. 3.5 Ga hot spring deposits. Nature Communications 8, Article number: 15263 (2017) doi:10.1038/ncomms15263 https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15263 Yours, Paul H.
  7. World’s biggest dinosaur footprint discovered in ‘Australia’s own Jurassic Park’ By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, March 27, 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/03/27/worlds-biggest-dinosaur-footprint-discovered-in-australias-own-jurassic-park/?utm_term=.fd44d15ca339 Kimberley fossil tracks are Australia's 'Jurassic Park' By Jonathan Amos, BBC Science, March 27, 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39405167 The open access paper is: Salisbury, S.W., Romilio, A., Herne, M.C., Tucker, R.T. and Nair, J.P., 2016. The Dinosaurian Ichnofauna of the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian–Barremian) Broome Sandstone of the Walmadany Area (James Price Point), Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36(sup1), pp.1-152. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2016.1269539 Yours, Paul H.
  8. Gladioserratus sp. shark teeth.

    From the album Cretaceous finds in Western Australia

    Both of my Cretaceous Gingin Molecap Greensand (83-?Ma) Gladioserratus sp. Teeth. Gingin, Western Australia.
  9. Fish vertebra

    From the album Cretaceous finds in Western Australia

    Great little fish vertebra from the Cretaceous Molecap Greensand of Gingin, Western Australia.
  10. Sea urchin and clam in matrix

    From the album Cretaceous finds in Western Australia

    Several Inoceramus Giant Clam shell fragments and several Sea Urchin spines in matrix. Cretaceous Gingin Chalk.
  11. Jimbacrinus (other side)

    From the album Australian crinoids

    The Permian crinoid, Jimbacrinus, from Gascoyne Junction in my home state of Western Australia.
  12. Jimbacrinus

    From the album Australian crinoids

    The Permian crinoid, Jimbacrinus, from Gascoyne Junction in my home state of Western Australia.