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  1. I've started to compile information on fossil locations near Alice Springs into a google map, the sites are grouped by period and have further information in the tooltip, the link to this is below. Is there anyone on the Fossil Forums that has experience with fossil locations in Central Australia? Would love to hear of some more sites to investigate and add to my map! Central Australia Fossil Localities Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=17sjqvyah6GekBT8y1cUCLwsgRHj300xb I have recently found a renewed interest in paleontology and geology, helped by Benjamin Burgers fantastic videos on Youtube. It led me to wanting to learn more about the geological past of where I live, Alice Springs, and surrounding Central Australia and where I could find some fossils. At first I couldn't find too much information on fossil sites aside from Alcoota, which I already knew of. This amazing site contains a large bed of vertebrate fossils dating to the late Miocene but is obviously of great scientific importance and not somewhere I can go (leave that one to the experts). Then I started reading scientific journals and papers, mainly through google scholar, and found this to be a much better way of discovering nearby locations. I have found the government geological 250k surveys to be a great resource with lots of detailed core samples covering some very remote locales. The surveys also contain stratigraphic maps which I used in conjunction with Google Earth's image overlay feature, great way to see the geological layers across vast sections of remote Central Australia. I highly recommend giving this a go. So far the only nearby fossil sites I have been to is Maloney Creek, south of Alice Springs on the Stuart Hwy. This small dry creek crosses the highway and just off the roadside along the creek bed and nearby hills are dense layers of fossiliferous rock, dating to the middle Ordovician. I have found Trilobite and Nautiloid fossils at this site, all fragmented as the fossils from this site are heavily worn and often found in a dense matrix. I'm hoping to head out to to the Ammaroo fossil location once it's not too hot and see if I can find some fully intact Cambrian fossils. This site is very remote, but from what I've read contains some of the best preserved Cambrian fossils in the region. It also happens to be very close to an Aboriginal community I lived on some years back, Ampilatwatja. Shame I didn't know about the fossil site then!
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