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  Ediacara Hills
  Australia

Added:
august 2006
Last Modified:
august 2006

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Location description

In the Ediacara Hills in Australia the Australian geologist Sprigg first found fossils from soft bodied organisms in 1946. The fossils were found at the bottom of sandstone and quartzite layers. Some fossils look like jellyfish, worms and arthropods. This location was the first in the world where soft bodied organisms from the Precambrian were found in large numbers. The location named the so called “Ediacara fauna”. Later similar fossils were found on several locations in the world.


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Directions

The Ediacara hills are located in the area north of Adelaide in the south of Australia. The fossils are found in the western part of the Flinders Ranges.

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Finds

Various primitive organisms from the Ediacarien, also known as Vendian (part of the Precambrain period). Among the finds are primitive echinoderms(Arkarua), arthropods (Spriggina), algae, sponges and organisms were the taxonomy is unclear (i.e. Tribrachidium heraldicum). Several kinds of trace fossils have also been found.

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