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Excavating overburden in Dinosaur Cove

Excavating overburden in Dinosaur Cove

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PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER MENZEL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Field palaeontology. A team of palaeontologists at work at Dinosaur Cove, Australia. They are seen here removing the overburden, rock laying on top of the strata in which the fossils are expected to be found. Dinosaur Cove, near Cape Otway in southern Australia, is the world's first mine developed specifically for palaeontology - normally the scientists rely on commercial mining to make the excavations. The site is of particular interest as the fossils found date from about 100 million years ago, when Australia was much closer to the South Pole than today.

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