50,000,000 year old crocodile fossils found in Brisbane Australia

50,000,000 year old crocodile fossils found in Brisbane Australia

Australian builders doing roadworks have uncovered a rare urban trove of crocodile and other fossils thought to be around 50 million years old, officials said Tuesday.
The fossils, trapped in a layer of oil shale, were found during excavation works near Brisbane's Geebung railway station at a depth of about 15 metres (49 feet), according to city mayor Graham Quirk.
"The bones have been identified as from ancient crocodiles, as well as other significant material including fish, freshwater shells and plant impressions," said Quirk.
Geoscientists were called in to examine the find, which Queensland Museum chief executive Suzanne Miller described as "particularly significant".
"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," Miller said.
"The construction works have fortuitously provided access to a new locality that was not previously known to palaeontologists."
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