DISCOVERY:  Emily Mann  discovered the bone of the new species with Dr Scott Hocknull of the Queensland Museum.
DISCOVERY: Emily Mann discovered the bone of the new species with Dr Scott Hocknull of the Queensland Museum. Contributed.

Amazing fossil discoveries

UP to 3000 visitors flocked to the Capricorn Caves on the weekend to dig for fossil treasures in the bone rich sediment transferred across from Mt Etna deposits to the caves site.

Hundreds of fossilised bones were dug up and palaeontologists Dr Scott Hocknull, Senior Curator Geosciences, Queensland Museum and Rochelle Lawrence were on hand to identify the discoveries.

Bones of of rare thylacene (Tasmania Tiger), bohra the tree kangaroo and even new species still to be identified were some of the many finds on the day.

The children also enjoyed crafting mega fauna from clay and colouring in competitions and primitive fire lighting under the watchful eye of Malachi from Rocky Instincts.

Expert palaeo guides shared the fossil treasures in the caves with magnifying glasses on hand to identify 300 million years old coral reef fossils to bones of tiny extinct creatures and giant beasts, when our land was covered by rainforest similar to today's Amazon jungle.



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