Opal Beleminite Photo Vassil
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Australian Fossils are rare, besides having some of the world’s oldest fossils like stromatolites, the oldest life forms yet discovered, Australia has a wealth of Dinosaur and marine fossils that are sometimes composed of precious opal casts. We have a large collection of stromatolites and microbialites for sale
Photo Australian Museum
Have you ever heard of Eric the Pliosaur? An amazingly intact marine Dinosaur completely replaced by precious gem opal, Eric resides at The Australian Museum. Visit him here.
When Eric was alive, Australia was much closer to Antarctica.
Australia was joined to Antarctica, New Zealand and South America, forming the last remnant of the great southern landmass called Gondwana.
About 80 million years ago New Zealand drifted away from the rest of Gondwana.
The Australian part of Gondwana was located close to the South Pole. Southern Australia lay within the Antarctic Circle. Australian fossils represent a very different biome than what exists in the continent’s present position.
THE CRETACEOUS PERIOD (146-65 MILLION YEARS AGO)
In the early Cretaceous, many of the southern continents were still joined together as part of the southern landmass called Gondwana. Northern continents formed the great landmass Laurasia. These two supercontinents shared many plants and animals dating from an earlier time when they were joined as one enormous landmass.
Australia’s Cretaceous facts
Australia was joined to Antarctica, New Zealand and South America, forming the last remnant of the great southern landmass called Gondwana. About 80 million years ago New Zealand drifted away from the rest of Gondwana.
The Australian part of Gondwana was located close to the South Pole. Southern Australia lay within the Antarctic Circle.
Australia had a cool, wet climate.For several weeks each year, parts of Australia may have had an icy polar winter including semi-darkness.
A shallow inland sea called the Eromanga Sea covered nearly one-third of Australia.
Towering conifer forests covered much of Australia. Smaller plants such as ferns, gingkoes, cycads, clubmosses and horsetails created an understorey. The first flowering plants had begun to bloom.
Giant reptiles – the dinosaurs – ruled the land. Flying reptiles shared the skies with early forms of birds. Giant marine reptiles inhabited the seas. Australia’s first mammals, including relatives of the Platypus, had appeared.
What was happening in the rest of the world
Flowering plants were spreading throughout the world.
Some dinosaurs including meat-eating tyrannosaurs were becoming dominant while others such as plant-eating, plated dinosaurs like stegosaurs were declining.
Early forms of birds and mammals lived in most continents.
( From The Australian Museum Website )
The Eromanga Sea became the Great Artesian Basin, vitally important to life today.
The Eromanga Sea covered about 30% of the continent, and still exists underground in the form of the Great Artesian Basin.
The shoreline of this lost sea became the Opal Fields that now produce over 90% of the world’s precious opal, much of it fossil wood, bones and shells.
Opal fossils are very rare, avidly sought by gem collectors and paleontologists worldwide.
We have numerous opal fossils for sale in our collection, though they sell out very quickly, often before they are listed on our online shop. If you would like to be notified, sign up for our newsletter now.
Not all of Australia’s fossils are opalised though, that makes them no less spectacular.
Many Australian fossil sites are open to collectors. The majority of fossils are found by amateur collectors, if not for them, paleontologists would not have the opportunity to study these vanished organisms.
For a snapshot of Australia’s fossil sites, have a look here.
An overview of fossil sites in Queensland is here on the Australian Dinosaur Trail Website.
Australia has numerous dedicated fossil museums in regional areas for the amateur and professional Paleontologist.
The Age of Fishes Museum in Canowindra New South Wales is worth a visit.
Join David Attenborough for a look:
The Somerville Collection in Bathurst New South Wales is easily visited from Sydney as a day trip.
You can take the train. There are many other worthwhile places to visit in the region if you would like to spend a few days.
Richmond Queensland is home to spectacular Fossil deposits.
Kronosaurus Korner is a fascinating community developed Museum.
World heritage Fossil sites are numerous in Australia.
Museum Victoria has a very informative page regarding Dinosaur Fossils.
Tom Kapitany owns Crystal World, here is some of his Fossil activity:
Andrew is a Master Fossil Preparator- an extremely Rare skill taking many years to learn. A steady hand and delicate touch are required
Crystal World Mines Fossils. We are adding them to this website every week. Here is a recently extracted Rare Crinoid.
Jimbacrinus bostockii Carnarvon Western Australia Cundlego formation – Permian
We have the most comprehensive range of Australian Fossils in Australia.
The range will be added to the website over the coming months. Our Mining leases currently include:
Gascoyne Jct Western Australia
Giralia Range W.A.
Currently we are obtaining specimens from:
Lightning Ridge Opal fields
Christmas Hills Tasmania
We have an extensive range of Trilobites , plants ,echinoids, fish , crabs , megafuana , invertebrates , stromatalites from all over Australia.
- Permian Crinods and starfish
- Miocene shells
- Opalised bilvalves
- Cretaceous shells and bones
- lungfish teeth etc.
- 5 locations of Permian glossopterids , seeds , roots etc.
- Cretaceous Ammonites.