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Fossil Exposure, Birbury, Bathurst District

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Post date: 07/08/2012
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History: The farm Birbury lies several kilometres east of Bathurst, on the road to Trappes Valley. Where the road descends a steep hill near the farm, another gravel road branches to the left amongst the bushes.
Here an outcrop of gravelly limestone which forms the whole coastal terrace is exposed. It has been dated by certain fossil foraminifera in it as of Eocene age. Foramini fera are tiny animals, many of them too small to observe with the naked eye. In addition the limestone contains thousands of teeth of several fossil sharks and one type of large squid.
The occurrence of these fossils in the sandstone is of such scientific importance that it has been preserved for future research.
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Approx 300m from Birbury farm. Face west. On the western side of the road there is a survey beacon. Just to the right of the beacon there is a fenced right-of-way to the site.
 
 

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