Old Bones

A couple of weeks ago a volunteer with the Corangamite EstuaryWatch program got quite the surprise when she came across the great, great, great, great……… grandparent of modern day whales. Right here on the surfcoast of Victoria!

Museums Victoria's Palaeontolgy team conducting fieldwork on the Surf Coast_credit_John Broomfield

Museums Victoria staff searching for fossils at Point Impossible on the Surf Coast. A fossilised dolphin was discovered and recovered.

A team of paleontologists lead by Dr Erich Fitzgerald from Museums Victoria were exploring prehistoric whale fossils between 12 and 28 million years old!

You can find out lots more about this amazing work on July 26th 2017 when Dr Erich Fitzgerald speaks at the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority‘s upcoming Coastal Research & Development Forum.

Corangamite Coastal R D Forum invite 2017jpg

In the meantime, for more information on this amazing work see the following links:

Links to whale fossils and whale evolution:

https://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/discoverycentre/600-million-years/videos/whale-evolution/

https://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/discoverycentre/600-million-years/timeline/tertiary/janjucetus/

Links to Museums Victoria Discovery Centre:

https://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/contact-us/

Links to Dr Fitzgerald:

Twitter: @emgfitzgerald

Web: https://museumvictoria.com.au/collections-research/sciences/palaeontology/people/erich-fitzgerald/

 

Photo credits: John Bloomfield and EstuaryWatch Victoria.

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