Taking palaeontology to new heights: Fossil fish from Victoria's high country


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Taking palaeontology to new heights: Fossil fish from Victoria's high country

In December 1860 Ewen Tolmie obtained the pastoral lease for Dueran Station, a 40,000-acre property near Mansfield on the Broken River. It was here that the first fossil fish were discovered and collected by Tolmie and his family.

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The Victorian High County is renowned for its beautiful scenery, excellent snowfields and rich tradition of farming and logging. Amongst palaeontologists, the area is also known for yielding many of Australia’s most important fossils from a key interval in Earth’s
geological past that was associated with the rise and radiation of early fish. Fossil fish from the Victorian High County have provided critical – and otherwise missing – information on the development of key adaptations of many groups, including many features that are still seen in modern fish and even land-dwelling tetrapods (four-limbed vertebrates) today.

AAOD Journal Issue 15 (2017) – pages 46 to 53
By Dr Tim Holland

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