WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Then the palaeo guide will lead you through the caves revealing thousands of tiny bone fossils and teeth embedded in the cave sediment.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Then the palaeo guide will lead you through the caves revealing thousands of tiny bone fossils and teeth embedded in the cave sediment. Contributed.

Fossil discoveries at the Capricorn Caves

CAPRICORN Caves is sharing their fossil discoveries with the world for the first time on Saturday, June 3.

Bring the family to the Open day and explore the cave's prehistoric past.

Fossil tours will be available from 9am to 2pm and children up to the age of 15 years will be free of charge.

Other free activities include talks by palaeontologists and hands on fossil finding, sieving and sorting with our expert palaeo guides.

There will be free Bush tucker tours with Rocky Instincts as well free children's craft activities and displays by Queensland Museum and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

Talks will be given by Dr, Scott Hocknull Palaeontologist from Queensland Museum. at 10.30 and 12.30pm.

Grab a sausage sizzle with a gold coin donation to the Caves Rural Fire Brigade.

The first exploration for fossilised bones in Capricorn Caves began in 1998 by Dr Scott Hocknull senior curator of GeoSciences, Queensland Museum and Noel Sands member of CQ Speleological Society.

Their search has revealed the longest palaeontology record of faunal change anywhere in Australia from 500,000 year old rainforest fauna through 200,000 year old arid fauna to modern fauna.

On the fossil tour travel back in time.

Start with 390 million year old marine fossils from an ancient coral reef.

Then the palaeo guide will lead you through the caves revealing thousands of tiny bone fossils and teeth embedded in the cave sediment.

They are mostly the prey of owls and ghost bats but occasionally a tooth of a marsupial lion or the Tasmanian tiger is discovered.

Inspect the dig site where a bone from a 3metre giant lizard was found. As you trek through the dry rain forest spot life size images of the bohra the giant tree kangaroo or varanus the giant lizard. You will leave pondering what happened to all these animals.

IF YOU GO:

What: The Capricorn Caves Fossil Open Day

Where: The Capricorn Caves, Bruce Highway.

When: Saturday, June 3

Time: Fossil tours will be available from 9am to 2pm

For more information: Phone Capricorn Caves on (07) 4834 2883.



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