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“65 MILLION YEARS OF CONTINENTAL WALKABOUT”
By: Archer, Hand, Godthelp
The Riversleigh excavation site provides views of life in Australia at chronologically different periods. These different periods are what lead Australia to its unique environment and habitats of today. This modern appearance developed in the Eocene time. The initial conditions of the early Paleocene and Eocene periods the land masses where experiencing tropical weather conditions. Lush vibrant rainforest developed in these conditions. Comparisons between leaves characteristics can be viewed at Maslin bay here leafs from the Eocene period are similar to modern notophyll forests. However, Eocene leaves still retained a distinctive quality because of Nothofagus and conifers.
The continents of Australia and South America were still coupled by way of Antarctica. Through this positioning it was possible for rainforests to extend between the continents. Routes wer...
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