Brisbane fossil find may provide missing link in animal evolution


Fossils of crocodiles, fish and plants thought to be 50m years old were found by overpass workers in a layer of oil shale

Fossils discovered in Brisbane and thought to be 50m years old could shed light on a missing link in the evolution of animals since the death of the dinosaurs, according to scientists.

The fossils of ancient crocodiles, fish and plants were found in a layer of oil shale by workers on a $100m overpass project in the suburb of Geebung.

The workers’ drilling during excavation brought some of the fossils to the surface about a fortnight ago and more fossils have since been found in Queensland’s capital.

Queensland Museum Network’s CEO, Prof Suzanne Miller, said the find filled part of a gap in the scientific record of animal evolution since dinosaurs became extinct 66m years ago. "In the whole of northern Australia, this is absolutely unique," Miller said. "And depending on what we find, because we are just at the beginning of this project, this could be unique in the world."

Written By: Bridie Jabour
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  1. In reply to #2 by ArloNo:

    I await with baited breath the comments of Ken Ham!

    Sorry! For those who are not aware, Ken Ham, the President of the American Creation Museum, hails from Brisbane and was educated there (very badly, obviously!).

    These 50 million year old fossils have been found on his original doorstep. Of course, he’ll raise all sorts of objections to the process of age determination and still maintain that creation of planet Earth was by God 6000 years ago, so the fossils can’t possibly be more than 6000 years old.

  2. “All Newly Discovered Fossils Everywhere Provide Missing Link in Story of Evolution”

    “We are amazed at how this fossil is intermediate between its ancestors and descendents,” said Professor May-Dupp of Arbitrary University, “it’s quite shocking how it fits in with every other fossil, the entirety of biology and swathes of every other frigging science,” he continued without a hint of sarcasm. “I keep expecting to find a rabbit in the pre-Cambrian strata, but” ( 1/94 Next > )

  3. In reply to #6 by ridelo:

    Are they going to find there early marsupials? Or is 50 My too early?

    I believe early marsupials originated in the North America and made their way to Australia via what is now Antarctica.

  4. This article is a pathetic waste of space, it imparts no “news” whatsoever. What’s more the headline is detached from the article; “missing link …” of what to what? A crocoduck perhaps? I have little doubt that all sorts of relevant and interesting information can be obtained from these digs and their reports, but (and I paraphrase) “some post dinosaur fossils found in Australian rock…” insults the work of the palaeontologists involved.

  5. Not really a very informative article. To Paraphrase, “We wanted to find a transitional life form 55 my old. We found something. We decided it must be 55 my old. We have labeled it a transitional life form.” The foxes are in charge of the chicken house here.

  6. She added: “This site is particularly significant because very few sites of this age are available for study, as similar-aged sites in the greater Brisbane area are often no longer accessible due to housing and urban development.

    While it is useful to have some fossils from a period where these it seems, these are rare in Australia, it would be better to actually have some identified details to report – before writing articles about the discoveries!

    (The missing link?? – Tthat would be between any scientific data and this article!)

  7. LOL yeah, “educated” in air quotes.

    In reply to #3 by ArloNo:

    Sorry! For those who are not aware, Ken Ham, the President of the American Creation Museum, hails from Brisbane and was educated there (very badly, obviously!).

  8. In reply to #5 by PERSON:

    Seriously, why not something like “Brisbane fossils tell of life after the dinosaurs”?

    Agreed. This would be a much better title based upon the little information in the article. It’s rather sensationalist as it stands.

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