Palaeontology

redlichia-takooensis-430

Redlichia takooensis, the largest trilobite from the Early Cambrian Emu Bay Biota of Kangaroo Island.

Research on fossils at the South Australian Museum involves two sections:

1)     Fossils of organisms spanning more than 600 million years of Earth history from the Late Precambrian (Ediacaran to the Quaternary) including topics such as:

  • Palaeoecology and environmental analysis of the Ediacara Biota
  • Palaeobiology of the Early Cambrian fossils representing the “Cambrian explosion of animal life”
  • Molecular biology of invertebrate and vertebrate animals in relation to the fossil record
  • Cretaceous marine fossils of the Australian inland sea during the time of the dinosaurs
  • The Cenozoic rise of vertebrate animals, including whales, reptiles and marsupial faunas of Australia. 

_Emucaris fava_.

Emucaris fava, a newly discovered arthropod preserving its appendages.  Early Cambrian, Emu Bay Biota of Kangaroo Island.

2)     Subfossils of the Holocene Epoch, from pre-European cave and rock-shelter deposits of South Australia, are used to identify recently extinct species and geographic ranges of small Australian mammals, reptile and birds.