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Home Valley Station East Kimberley WA
The fossils of the Gogo formation display three-dimensional soft-tissue preservation of tissues as fragile as nerves and embryos with umbilical cords.Over fifty species of fish have been described from the formation, and arthropods (including phylocarids and eurypterids) are similarly well-preserved. Nautiloids, goniatites and tentaculids are also known from the formation, but their soft tissue is not preserved.
The calcareous concretions formed around objects from the shallow reef areas which sank into the deep anoxic basins. The concretions sometimes contain the remains of fish, whose bodies are often preserved complete in three-dimensions due to rapid encasement and the slow rate of decay in the oxygen-poor surroundings. By repeated baths in a dilute acid solution, the matrix is dissolved away via a process of acid etching to reveal delicate fish fossils, some retaining impressions of soft tissues.
The discovery of Materpiscis, a placoderm preserved with an embryonic juvenile still attached by its umbilical cord, has revealed that at least some placoderms gave birth to live young. wikipedia
Fascinating book about Gogo fish
John Long, Victoria museum Melbourne
Swimming in Stone: the Amazing Gogo Fossils of the Kimberley
Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre 2007.