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A marsupial fossil collected from the original Riversleigh National Heritage fossil field. The newly discovered fossils are still in the process of being assembled.

A marsupial fossil collected from the original Riversleigh National Heritage fossil field. The newly discovered fossils are still in the process of being assembled.

Paleontologists have uncovered a fossil field in Australia that fills a large gap in the continent’s environmental history, and contains several previously unknown ancient species of marsupials and bats.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales discovered the site near the Riversleigh fossil field, an UNESCO World Heritage site, in northwest Queensland last year, and have since collected nearly 4,000 lbs. (1,800 kilograms) of rock for analysis, according to a statement from the university.

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