Field trip to Port Campbell(ish), Victoria

7 May 2014 by Travis Park, posted in Marsupials, Personal

A few weeks ago I managed to escape out to the field for a couple of days. It was very welcome as I had missed out on my regular field trip due to my wife planning our wedding and honeymoon smack bang in the middle of the field season (the cheek of it)! So when the chance came for a quick trip along the Victorian coast I grabbed it and thought I’d post a few pics of the trip.

Where did I go? Well, the exact location must unfortunately remain a secret for the time being. This is because: 1) my colleague, Lisa Nink is working on a detailed study of the locality for her Honours thesis and 2) other localities nearby have picked clean by illegal collectors who either keep the specimens in their private collections or sell them on, any scientific information usually being lost. So all I can say about the locality is that it’s somewhere near Port Campbell in western Victoria. So here's a few pics of the trip, enjoy!

A map showing the location of Port Campbell relative to Melbourne. The actual fossil locality is in the surrounding area.

A map showing the location of Port Campbell relative to Melbourne. The actual fossil locality is in the surrounding area. Image from Google Earth.

The beautiful scenery of the Victorian coast, there's fossils in them thar hills!

The beautiful scenery of the Victorian coast, there's fossils in them thar hills!

 

A close up of the spot we were searching in. The area in the left hand corner is where we concentrated our search.

A close up of the spot we were searching in. The area in the left hand corner is where we concentrated our search.

Yours truly looking for the find of the century... I actually found an Ektopodontid tooth, which was only the fourth or fifth specimen ever found in Victoria! Go me!

Yours truly looking for the find of the century... I actually found an Ektopodontid tooth, which was only the fourth or fifth specimen ever found in Victoria! Go me! Oddly enough that is my left leg in the foreground, even though it looks like its somebody standing behind me...

The material we recovered is mainly from various megafauna taxa, and is from the Pleistocene. We planned to spend two days on site but unfortunately got rained out on our second day. Looks like we'll have to go back again sometime!

This is one of the teeth found on the trip. This belongs to a genus known as Protemnodon, whcih was essentially a type of giant wallaby.

This is one of the teeth found on the trip. This belongs to a genus known as Protemnodon, which was essentially a type of giant wallaby.

This is a toe bone, although I'm not sure what it's from!

This is a toe bone, although I'm not sure what it's from!

Thanks to Lisa and Dave for the pictures!

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