Fascinating fossils

A few specimens acquired in the Amadeus Basin, near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, and range in age from ~380 Ma – 1 Ga.

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Termites are incredible organisms. Many species are farmers: they gather plant material, bring it back to their fungi-colonized mound (usually Ascomycota), let the fungi digest the plant, then eat the fungi.

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Nautiloids from the Ordovician Stairway Sandstone, Maloney Creek, Northern Territory

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Uluru (Ayers Rock), a Precambrian (550 Ma) monolith
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Unknown fossil
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Ordovician (~460 Ma) clams, Mount Watt, Northern Territory. The furthest I have ever been from home. -25.33063687950072, 133.89224836154077

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Trilobite trails (Cruziana), subsurface burrows of one of the earliest animals, Ordovician Mount Watt, Northern Territory
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Ancient seafloor with Cruziana
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Stromatolites (ID?) from the Johnny’s Creek Member of the  ~770 Ma Bitter Springs Formation, Northern Territory
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No idea, ID?
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“Dalmation” rock, a limestone, Johnny’s Creek Member of the Neoproterozoic Bitter Springs Formation: Interesting sedimentary texture, possibly altered by methanogens.

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Glacier rock: Conglomerate, diamictite and
sandstone of the 720 to 660 Ma “snowball earth” Areyonga Formation. It appears to be stromatolitic.
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ID?
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Early Cambrian (~520 Ma) Bunyerichnus sp. Ross River, Northern Territory
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Nuclear control rod
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 Inzeria intia stromatolite from the 1 Ga Bitter Springs Formation.Summer 2018 - Australia 179

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