The first Mesozoic fossiliferous amber from Southern Gondwana: an ancient portal into an Australian polar greenhouse

  • Stilwell, Jeffrey (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bickel, Daniel (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Cantrill, David (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    The May 2011 discovery of the oldest fossiliferous amber deposit from Australia, and all of Southern Gondwana, provides a unique opportunity to study the only recorded terrestrial biotas of this age on the continent. Employing new imaging techniques (MicroXCT-400, X-ray ultramicroscope and Synchrotron radiation), the new fossils dated as 90 million years old will be extracted virtually in 3-D to capture the finest details from this major palaeontological find. The outcomes of the study will attract much national and international attention as the researchers identify the first Mesozoic organisms of this age living in habitats in and close to the resin-producing forests, thus opening an entirely new window of opportunities in this field.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/05/141/05/17

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Monash University
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD269,000.00