Victoria Fossil Cave
This Heritage Listed cave is international recognised for its outstanding scientific values, given that the Caves boost a series of fossil deposits, which are likely to be of different ages. Contained within these deposits are the remains of many species of extinct animals.
The Fossil Chamber in the Victoria Fossil Cave is the largest, most well known and most extensively studied site within the park. The study of fossil assemblages gives us a unique window on the climate, vegetation and environment of the time when these animals lived, as well as a better understanding of the evolution of the Australian fauna. Much of the tour is spent at the largest of the fossil deposits, discussing the accumulation of the bones in the caves, excavation techniques, current research and World Heritage values.
Interpretation at the fossil bed includes ‘hands on’ examples of what is discussed and a functional analysis of two complete skeletons of megafauna species. The presentation can be tailored to suit the level of understanding of the student age group.
Concepts: World Heritage, biodiversity, extinction, adaptation, evolution, conservation