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NEW QUEENSLAND FOSSILS FOUND

Cooyoo fossil

The Cooyoo skull and fin found in Queensland. Photo: Patricia Woodgate

Newly found Queensland fossils, including a huge primitive fish dating back 100 million years, provide an insight into Australia's ancient inland sea, a paleontologist says.

The fossils were unearthed on a farm near Julia Creek earlier this month and have just gone on display at Richmond's Kronosaurus Korner museum.

The fossils include the huge eye-socket of a primitive fish called the cooyoo and the skeletons of 20 to 30 diminutive fishes.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/primitive-fish-fossils-found-in-qld-20150720-gigkof.html#ixzz3gWQzHfnV

 


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ENDANGERED SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES RETURNING

Until the early 1800 southern right whales calved and nursed their young in large numbers in Tasmanian waters. Sadly, in the 1800s, they were hunted to near extinction. Confirmation that the endangered whales are returning to calve and nurse in Tasmanian waters, is good news inded. ABC News has reported that "Two weeks ago a biologist photographed a mother and her calf in sheltered waters off Swansea, on Tasmania's east coast. Now biologist David Pemberton says a Victorian whale expert has confirmed the calf was born one or two days before the photo, and that the mother had been in the area for at least three days."

 


TASMANIAN DEVIL ENDANGERED

The Tasmanian Devil, the world's largest surviving marsupial carnivore following the extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) in 1936, is to be listed as endangered to try to save it from a contagious cancer that has decimated the population. Since 1996, the devil population has declined by about 70% per cent and it is feared it could be extinct within 25 years.

The animals were previously listed as vulnerable, but our environment minister, Peter Garrett, said that the change in status to endangered would give them greater protection under national environment law.

tasmanian Devil
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Tree of Knowledge Disputed

The following appeared today (April 11 2009) on ABC news.

"One of the most significant events in the Labor Party's history is being disputed by two historians.
Darwin-based historians Peter and Sheila Forrest say the Tree of Knowledge in the central western Queensland town of Barcaldine is not the original birthplace of the political party.

They were paid by the Barcaldine Regional Council to uncover the ghost gum's past.

After months of intensive research the couple say there is no evidence to support claims shearers met under the ghost gum during the strike of 1891.

They say it is an unfounded myth started by the defeated shearers after the long strike."

Does this mean they deliberately started an untrue story and if so, why?
If it is known the shearers started it, why is it unfounded?
Where is the proof that the story isn't true?
Does the fact that there has been no evidence found make something "a myth"?