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Australian builders unearth ‘significant’ urban trove of 50 million year-old fossils

Posted By Adan On July 16, 2013 @ 8:11 am In Science & Technology | Comments Disabled

AFP
July 16, 2013

Australian builders doing roadworks have uncovered a rare urban trove of crocodile and other fossils thought to be around 50 million years old, officials said Tuesday.

The fossils, trapped in a layer of oil shale, were found during excavation works near Brisbane’s Geebung railway station at a depth of about 15 metres (49 feet), according to city mayor Graham Quirk.

“The bones have been identified as from ancient crocodiles, as well as other significant material including fish, freshwater shells and plant impressions,” said Quirk.

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