Bathurst – Part 3

Also in the main precinct, and the purpose of our visit, was the old Primary School. Its size gave you an idea of how big the town was in the gold rush.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Now it houses the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Inside, there was a very beautiful collection of minerals from all over Australia and the world, but I was more interested in fossils. There was an impressive cast of a T-Rex skeleton.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

But this weekend trip was all about marine fossils, particularly trilobites, an animal crossed between a crustacean and a centipede. These were common-place around 400 million years ago, but were wiped out in an extinction event 375 million years ago, possibly when the sea-level changed dramatically and the oxygen content in seawater decreased.

Their fossils are now found all over the world. The most spectacular specimens are from Morocco.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

But Australia also has its fair share. These great specimens are from Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

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