PREHISTORIC TIMES: The Capricorn Caves invites you to a special Fossils Open Day on June 3.
PREHISTORIC TIMES: The Capricorn Caves invites you to a special Fossils Open Day on June 3. Contributed.

Capricorn Caves reveal prehistoric past

THE Capricorn Caves invites locals to take a trek back in time this weekend as they share their fossil discoveries and reveal their prehistoric past.

The Fossil Open Day will be held from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, June 3 giving prospective palaeontologists the opportunity to explore the fauna from the land before time.

General manager Amanda Hinton said the day was a once-off rare opportunity for people to experience.

She said visitors will have the unique opportunity to do hands-on fossil finding, sieve and sort with expert guides as well as talks by palaeontologists.

"There will be free bush tucker tours with Rocky Instincts and free children's craft activities as well as displays by Queensland Museum and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service,” she said.

Talks will be given by Queensland Museum palaeontologist by Dr Scott Hocknull at 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Visitors can grab a sausage from the sausage sizzle with every gold coin donation going to the Caves Rural Fire Brigade.

Fossil exploration at The Caves began back in 1998 by Dr Scott Hocknull and CQ Speleological Society Noel Sands.

Their research revealed the longest palaeontology record of fauna change anywhere in Australia from 500,000 year old fauna, to 200,000 year old arid fauna to modern fauna.

"On the fossil open day, locals can travel back in time to 390 million years ago with old marine fossils from an ancient coral reef,” Amanda said.

"Then the guide will lead you through the caves revealing thousands of tiny bone fossils and teeth embedded in the caves sediment - they are mostly pre of owls and ghost bats, but occasionally a tooth of a marsupial lion or the Tasmania tiger can be seen.

"Inspect the dig site where a bone from a three-metre giant lizard was found and as you trek through the dry rain forest, spot life-size images of the bohra, the giant tree kangaroo or varanus the giant lizard.

"The tour will leave locals pondering what happened to all these animals.”

For more information phone 4834 2883.

IF YOU GO:

What: The Capricorn Caves Fossil Open Day

Where: The Capricorn Caves

When: Saturday, June 3

Time: 9am to 2pm

For more information: Phone 4834 2883.



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