Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) World Heritage Site

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Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte) is a combined listing in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for two places in Australia known for their extensive fossil remains.[1]

The UNESCO listing is for two separate areas where fossils from the Cainozoic era have been found:[1]

Riversleigh and Naracoorte are considered to be among the world's 10 greatest fossil sites and both locations are notable for the extreme diversity and quality of preservation of their fossils, which illustrate the evolution of mammals in Australia over the last 20 million years and demonstrate how marsupials adapted to climate changes over the last 170,000 years.[2]

The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/Naracoorte) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994[1] for its outstanding universal value, and was added to the Australian National Heritage List on 21 May 2007, as a collective area of outstanding value for Australia.[2]

  1. ^ a b c "Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "World Heritage Places – Australian Fossil Mammal Sites". Department of the Environment and Energy. Archived from the original on 20 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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