Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

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Fossils and farmers


D Merrilees


Palaeontology, farmers, Western Australia

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The West Australian Museum is looking for fossil remains from the Pleistocene age, the period of geological time when Europe was covered with ice.

Little is known of what the Australian continent was like at that time, and the Museum hopes, by collecting as many fossil remains as possible, to get a better picture of Australian conditions at that time.

It is also hoped to discover more about the ancestors of our present marsupial fauna.

Farmers may be able to make a valuable contribution to the present knowledge of this period by forwarding suspected fossil remains to the Museum. Here the Museum's acting Curator of Palaentology, Mr. D. Merrilees (B.Sc.) tells what to look for.