I was fascinated to hear of the discovery of 50 million year old fossilised bones of crocodiles and fish, along with fossilised plants and shells in the Brisbane suburb of Geebung. Workers on a construction site for a railway overpass discovered the fossils last month in an oil shale layer at 15m below the surface. See the ABC News article – Workers Make Surprise Find In Brisbane
According to ABC News, Professor Suzanne Miller, chief of the Queensland Museum said that the find is “very unusual to find materials being uncovered in these urban sites. I mean, most discoveries of this nature are found miles from anywhere.” Professor Miller in the ABC News article was also quoted as saying “first of all it’s very unusual to have an urban construction site that finds it, and secondly to have the people on the construction team realise that there was something unusual and to make that call was incredibly fortunate for us.”
The find is thought to be significant and may shed light after the dinosaurs became extinct (ABC News).
Apparently the museum will employ community volunteers to help sift through the soil set aside. This is something I would like to do!
Workers Make Surprise Find In Brisbane