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Palaeontology is a familiar activity at the Naracoorte Caves World Heritage Area. The first published account of fossils from this site was in 1858 by Father Julian Tenison Woods. Following the discovery of Main Fossil Chamber, Victoria Fossil Cave in 1969, science was firmly established at the site.

Paleontological research has led to the discovery of 23 fossil deposits in 13 of the Park’s 28 caves and over 60 scientific papers, 17 student theses, numerous book chapters, and other publications.

View the current bibliography.