|Kimberley, Western Australia|
It is in this environment that one of the most significant steps of evolution took place - life moving from water also to land. One of the richest divine Nature Reserves where we learn about this period is known from Kimberley, North Western Australia.
|Professori Curt Teichert |
In Kimberley region the mud and sand that had gathered to the bottom of shallow seas was turned by high pressure into siltstone, shale and sandy limestone, calcarinite. Continental push raised these higher up and strong erosion removed softer sediments. In this way Australia has a rare region where ancient sea bottom and Devonian reefs have survived. The discoveries have largely consisted of fossils belonging to Frasnian fauna.
Since Teichert's pioneering work many additional important findings have been made in the areas of two Kimberly cattle stations:
From Australia Teichert moved to United States and continued the study of Devonian period there. Later he moved to Pakistan and made research on the border between Permian and Triassic periods.
It is interesting that the Nazi rulers of Germany suggested to the government of Australia that they are ready to free some Australian prisoners of war in exchange of professor Teichert and his family. There was no deal.
1940 Actinosiphonate cephalopods (Cyrtoceroida) from the Devonian of Australia: Royal Society of Western Australia Journal, v. 26, no. 2, p. 59–75.
Gogo research goes on!
|Fish head and 3D model|
Dr. Tim Senden Australian National University