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The vertebrate fossil collection record from the Chinchilla Sand, South–East Queensland, 1844-2021

Title The vertebrate fossil collection record from the Chinchilla Sand, South–East Queensland, 1844-2021 (3866 KB) pdf document icon

Author/s

Wilkinson, J.E., Spring, K.A., Dunn, T. L. Price G. J., & Louys, J. 

Citation

Wilkinson, J.E., Spring, K.A., Dunn, T. L. Price G. J., & Louys, J. 2021. The vertebrate fossil collection record from the Chinchilla Sand, South–East Queensland, 1844-2021. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum – Nature 63:  11-25. https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.63.2021.2020-07

Accepted

1 October 2020

Published online

21 May 2021

Peer reviewed:

Yes

DOI

https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.63.2021.2020-07

Keywords

Chinchilla Sand, Chinchilla Local Fauna, Pliocene, geoheritage, Australia, Darling Downs

Abstract

Since the mid-1840s a diverse fossil vertebrate assemblage, referred to as the Chinchilla Local Fauna, has been collected from the Pliocene deposits of the Chinchilla Sand on the western Darling Downs of South-East Queensland. In large part because of this long history and the numerous collectors who have worked fossil deposits in the area, much ambiguity regarding site and locality names and their specific coordinates exists. Here, we review the vertebrate fossil collection records in the Queensland Museum Fossil, Donor, Collector and Locality Registers, correspondence, and field notes in an effort to pinpoint the location of each named locality and site and develop a digital map which highlights the historical collecting sites at one significant locality in the Chinchilla area. To ensure that a systematic framework for all future collecting from the main collecting area (Chinchilla Rifle Range) is maintained, we recommend the use of consistent nomenclature for sites so that spatial information of the highest possible quality is captured into the future. We recommend future collections include detailed recordings of stratigraphic contexts as well as GPS coordinates.