Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte)
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte)|
|Criteria||Natural: viii, ix|
|Inscription||1994 (18th Session)|
The UNESCO listing is for two separate areas where fossils from the Cainozoic era have been found. Riversleigh is in the north west corner of Queensland and Naracoorte is in the south east corner of South Australia. The Riversleigh site is part of the Lawn Hill National Park.
The sites are important for their extinct marsupials. The fossils show the evolution of mammals in Australia over the last 20 million years. The Naracoorte site is part of the Naracoorte Caves National Park. Its fossils show the way marsupials adapted to the great climate changes that have affected the world over the last 170,000 years.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- UNESCO, "Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)". Retrieved 2012-4-21. Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite
Other websites[change | change source]
- "Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". whc.unesco.org. 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.