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Sydney Brick Pit Fossil. -

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As you travel southward on the Princes Highway through Sydney, you'll pass by the remains of one of
Sydney's oldest brick works. Now surrounded by recreational parkland, it was also where the
fossilised bones of paracyclotosaurus were found. Paul Willis asks why the bones are now in
London's Natural History Museum.


If you've ever driven south out of Sydney on the Princes Highway, you'll recognise these.

Dr Paul Willis

They're all that's left of a huge set of brick pits that operated in this area in the late 19th and
early 20th Centuries.

Dr Paul Willis

Little remains of the pits now. They've been filled in and turned into playing fields. But in one
corner there is this...

Dr Paul Willis

It's a memorial to a very famous fossil found in these pits over 100 years ago.


It was the most complete skeleton of a labyrinthodont amphibian ever found anywhere in the world.
It's about 220 million years old and lived in a broad river estuary at the beginning of the Age Of

The original specimen was sent to London to the British Museum of Natural History where it is still
on display today.

Perhaps this specimen was returned to Australia? What do you think?

Topics: Fossils

Reporter: Dr Paul Willis

Producer: Anja Taylor

Researcher: Nicky Ruscoe/ Dr Paul Willis

Camera: Kevin May

Sound: Stephen Ravich

Editor: Chris Spurr

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