Megafauna Central

Megafauna Central showcases the unique megafauna that roamed Central Australia 8 milllion years ago.

 

Meet the world's largest bird and a fearsone crocodile from the Miocene epoch. Discover fascinating fossils and catch a glimpse of paleontologists at work in the lab.

Megafauna Central 

21 Todd Street Mall,
Alice Springs NT 0871

Open every day 10am–4pm
FREE ENTRY

+61 8 8951 1121
info@magnt.net.au

Closed Good Friday and Wednesday 25 Dec 2019 – Sunday 5 Jan 2020

Alcoota Scientific Reserve

Megafauna Central showcases the unique megafauna of Central Australia of the Miocene epoch from the Alcoota Scientific Reserve.

 

Alcoota is an exceptionally rich fossil site located about 150 km north east of Alice Springs, in the centre of Australia. It preserves the abundant bones of 30 species of animal, including many megafauna that were living in the heart of Australia in the late Miocene Epoch, about 8 million years ago when the Australian deserts were just beginning to form. 

The fossils are spread over a 200 metre stretch of ground and include the remains of as many as 3000 individual animals that all came to be buried in the same place. Included among these animals was the world’s largest bird, a fearsome crocodile that would more than a match for the biggest modern salty, marsupial ‘lions’, marsupial ‘wolves’ and herds of giant browsing wombat relatives.

 

What brought all these creatures to one spot and killed them? What can we learn from them about the evolution of Australia’s unique fauna? Come to Megafauna Central to uncover the mystery.

CONTACT

Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264

info@magnt.net.au
MAGNT acknowledges the traditional owners of country across the Northern Territory and beyond, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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Megafauna Central

21 Todd Street, Alice Springs