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Fossil File

Fossil File

Australia Needs More State Fossil Emblems

By John Long

Official fossil emblems connect a state to its deep past, yet only two Australian states have them.

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So You Wanna Become a Palaeontologist, Kid?

By John Long

Some career advice for young people to get a start in palaeontology.

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Developing Fossil Sites for Education and Employment

By John Long

A combination of active scientific research and a thriving local tourism industry is the model that many countries can adapt to protect and develop their most significant fossil sites.

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Lessons from the Chinese Palaeontology Boom

By John Long

Lack of funding and technical support ensures that many significant Australian fossil specimens will continue to gather dust.

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A Gold Medal for the World’s Oldest Life

By John Long

To enable science to match media coverage of sport, maybe we need to award some gold medals.

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An Amazing Year of Record-Breaking Fossil Discoveries

By John Long

The past year has seen some literally enormous palaeontological discoveries, from the dinosaur with the largest BMI to an ichthyosaur that left land to live like a dolphin.

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The Magic of Finding Fossils

By John Long

As a child, John Long’s interest in fossils was first stoked when he discovered a trilobite. As an adult he discovered that the species was unknown to science at the time.

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The Mystery of Deinocheirus Solved

By John Long

With gigantic arms, a beer belly, a humped back and a duck bill, Dinocheirus is one bizarre dinosaur.

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Australian World Heritage Fossil Sites Celebrate 20 Years

By John Long

The renowned fossil sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte celebrate a milestone this month.

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