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The Best of Australian Palaeontology on Show

By John Long

The public is welcome to attend one of Australia’s largest palaeontology conferences.

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Adelaide has always been a hotspot for top-class palae­ontology research. South Australia is home to one of Australia’s two Unesco World Heritage fossil sites, the Naracoorte Fossil Caves, and has the internationally famous Ediacara Hills sites, which date to the Ediacaran Period (635–542 million years ago) and should also be made a World Heritage site one day. The newly discovered Emu Bay fossil site on Kangaroo Island is also one of the most significant sites of Early Cambrian age anywhere, with exquisite soft-bodied preservation of a diverse assemblage of creatures.

So it’s no surprise that later this month Adelaide will buzz with the hum of numerous palaeontologists as it hosts the bi­annual meeting of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists at The University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.

Scientists from around the world will be attending, but the real focus will be on the latest findings and results from research done right here in our own backyard. Most importantly for our readers, keynote talks held each morning will be free for members of the public to attend.

The first day features a special Ediacaran symposium highlighting the latest research on the Ediacaran fossils found in the Flinders Ranges and elsewhere. New work by Dr Jim Gehling of the South Australian Museum and colleagues is revealing many new and amazing...

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