Naracoorte Fossil Mammal Site

Naracoorte Fossil Mammal Site
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The extraordinary build-up of fossils in South Australia’s World and National Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves spans at least 350,000 years and provides rare evidence of Australia’s distinctive fauna and the way it has evolved.

Discovered in 1969, the site covers 300 hectares and gives scientists a snapshot of Pleistocene life in south-east Australia.

Only four per cent of the site has been excavated and already scientists have discovered 100 species, a quarter of them extinct, including the marsupial lion, a giant kangaroo and a wombat-like animal the size of a four-wheel drive. 

Did you know:

  • The Naracoorte Caves in South Australia had been a popular tourist destination for over a century before the fossil mammal site was discovered there in 1969.

Australia's Heritage: National Treasures with Chris Taylor is also available for purchase from the NFSA Online Shop.

This clip features a still from the collection of the State Library of South Australia: B 59995.