Sun Feb 22: Fossil Site of International Significance Day

Don’t miss the 2015 Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site of International Significance!

Date: Sunday 22nd of February 2015
Time: 12pm-3pm
Place: Beaumaris Lifesaving Club, Ricketts Point,

Read the letter from Professor John Long Here

Exciting speakers include Professor Tim Flannery, Dr Erich Fitzgerald of Museum Victoria, Professor John Buckeridge of RMIT University and Richard Casley who will bring an exciting array of fossils for you to see and feel.

Please bring your fossils for identification and chat with the many palaeontologists who will come along to help you understand more about your fossil – it’s age, what it is, how it lived etc…..

We have learned that a growing number of our local residents and an international community of researchers, palaeontologists and scientists are excited by the discovery of the larger variety of fossils concentrated in this significant fossil heritage site. Fossils found at the Beaumaris Bay Fossil site range from 4 up to 12 million years old.

Please join us for a day of fun, happiness and adventure as we celebrate the significance of the Beaumaris Bay Fossil site.

Many households in a Bayside and across Melbourne, are likely to hold within them a unique momento from a day at the beach. Fossilised sharks teeth echoing ferocious creatures from long ago were often one of the inadvertent prizes discovered by visitors to the Beaumaris coast. Other fossils of creatures long gone have been amongst the finds.

Yet our would be discoverers do not realise the significance of the ancient treasure they hold. These finds are part of a greater fossil history, centred around Keefers in Beaumaris. A site of global importance and recognised internationally, entombed in its sandstone cliffs lie rich forms of living things once found in our ancient seas 2.3 to 23 million years ago.

From ancient fish to sharks, seals and even whales, Keefers is a chronicle of evolution in our oceans.

Amazingly, it’s on our doorstep and you can discover more on February 22nd 2015. Through the eyes of specialists from Victoria Museum, RMIT and former local “explorer” now eminent environmentalist, Professor Tim Flannery, you will see deeply in to our natural history and its place in the wider world.

Bring along your fossil finds and a team of palaeontologists will uncover with you the secrets of their past. We look forward to seeing you and your treasures.

The fossil talk will be held at the Beaumaris Lifesaving Club on 22nd February 2015; official speeches commencing at 1.30pm.

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