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Historic agreements to protect Ediacara fossils

Historic agreements have been signed to protect the world’s single greatest record of Ediacaran fossils at Nilpena Station in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.

Ediacaran fossils tell us much about how the planet and life have evolved, they preserve snapshots of the seafloor as animal life unfolded some 500 million years ago.

The agreements were signed on 28 March 2019 by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Environment and Water Minister David Speirs, the owners of Nilpena Station Ross and Jane Fargher, and Chair of the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation, Mary Lou Simpson. The agreements focus on conservation, research, tourism and education, as well as expanding the current Ediacara Conservation Park.

Ediacaran fossils tell us much about how the planet and life have evolved, they preserve snapshots of the seafloor as animal life unfolded some 500 million years ago. NASA has funded ongoing research to learn about how life evolves on a planet through the fossil record at Nilpena.

The South Australian Government has partnered with the Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation to purchase 60,000 hectares of Nilpena Station to become part of the Ediacara Conservation Park to conserve its globally significant fossils.

The Flinders Ranges Ediacara Foundation is a non-profit organisation conserving South Australia’s Ediacaran fossils and sharing their significance with the world. The foundation is going to be an ongoing partner with government to support the conservation, research and public awareness of the fossils at Nilpena, and elsewhere in the Flinders Ranges. The foundation’s first priority is creating an exciting visitor and research precinct.

Funding for the purchase of Nilpena is also being received from other philanthropic sources. Access to Nilpena is by appointment only through the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna.

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