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Diprotodon fossils

As mentioned in the last post, one of the more unusual items shown to us last weekend was a small box of fossils collected from the Reddestone Creek some years ago.  This was particularly interesting as Andrew remembers when the University of New England did this dig so seeing the fossils brought back quite a few memories.

 

 

 

A number of different species were found during the dig but the Diprotodon is probably the most well known.  Andrew is seen here holding a Diprotodon tooth along with the cover of a book showing what a complete skull would look like.  These giant marsupials were part of the Megafauna group and were quite common across Australia through the Pleistocene era.

See these articles for more information on the Diprotodon.

 

Thanks to Bob Irish of the Glen Innes Gem Club for bringing these (and some other interesting gems) around to show us – we appreciate it.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)