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Archer and the Fossil Window to the Past

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Archer and the Fossil Window to the Past was a recent evening event held at Outback at Isa designed to educate our local community about the opportunities available to incorporate the values of Riversleigh World Heritage.  The Riversleigh World Heritage area located only 280 km north-west of Isa, has supplied more than 40,000 fossil specimens and according to UNESCO, is among the world's greatest 10 fossil sites.  

Guests were treated to two exceptional speakers with Professor Mike Archer from the University of NSW and Terry Carmichael from the Wet Tropics Management Authority.  Mike Archer, who is the university's professor of PalaeoBiology, has been significant in recording Australia's mammals from between 15 to 25 million years ago.  

During the evening he mesmerised the audience with his stories of bizarre creatures that included tree climbing crocodiles, flesh eating kangaroos and giant platypus.  Professor Archer explained how the entire Australian and Antarctic landscapes were similar to today's Amazon and Borneo jungles with abundant wildlife, rivers and caves.  
  
The Wet Tropics relationship with Riversleigh was captured by Terry Carmichael who is the Principal Project Officer: Learning Landscapes/Tourism for the Wet Tropics Management Authority in Cairns.  Terry helped the audience to understand the ancestral connections and evolutionary history that these World Heritage properties share, enlightening our appreciation further of their Outstanding Universal Value. These links and connections had not been clarified before. 
 
When communicated, these inter connecting stories of past and present have the potential to enhance the visitor experience by providing new and interesting ways of interpretation. 

A big thank you to, Mount Isa City Council,  Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee, Wet Tropics Management Authority and Rex Regional Express for contributing to this day. 



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