Using sub-fossil fish remains to reconstruct floodplain faunas

Using sub-fossil fish remains to reconstruct floodplain faunas Project team: Paul Humphries (CSU), Michael Reid (University of New England) and Nicole McCasker (CSU).

Ths project is investigating the occurrence of sub-fossil fish remains from floodplain environments (billabongs) along the Murray River, as a preliminary process in assessing the utility of the methodology for future faunal reconstructing projects. Three sediment cores were taken from an Ovens and Murray billabong and from Moira Lake, northern Victoria and southern NSW. The cores have been assayed for sub-fossil remains of fish, invertebrates and plants. The deepest layers have been dated radiometrically The results from this project will enable an evaluation of the efficacy of the technique for future faunal reconstruction.

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