Ancient reef discovered in outback

Date: 2/12/2008

Three Australian scientists located the upturned remnants of what was once a giant underwater reef – with an escarpment 10 times higher than the Great Barrier Reef – in the Northern Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia. The reef is about 650 million years old and is the only known reef complex of this age anywhere in the world. And while they are yet to confirm it scientifically, the scientists – Mr Jonathan Giddings, Associate Professor Malcolm Wallace and Ms Estee Woon from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne – believe that peculiar fossils of possible multi-cellular organisms found in the reef could be the earliest examples of primitive animal life discovered to-date.

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