Bullock Creek is a significant, rich fossil site on Camfield Station, at the north end of the Tanami Desert. The deposit contains a host of very important extinct animals that date to the mid Miocene Epoch (13 million years old). These include Australia’s only known gavial (a needle-snouted crocodilian) and the oldest known cassowary. The project is to host a week long field trip to the site to quarry approximately two tonnes of limestone and transport it back to Alice Springs. There it will form the basis of term-long extra-curricular science projects for the year 9 students of Centralian Middle School. The students will be responsible for preparing their own limestone block that will slowly reveal hidden fossils, instilling in them a sense of discovery and achievement while teaching concepts of geological time, organic evolution, environmental change and basic laboratory skills.
Made possible with funds donated by Janie Mason and Sue Carthew 2017