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Tambar Springs Palaeontological Site, Mullaley Rd, Tambar Springs, NSW, Australia

Photographs None
List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Natural
Legal Status Indicative Place
Place ID 103557
Place File No 1/02/175/0001
Nominator's Statement of Significance
The fossils from Tambar Springs have not been properly studied and thus present opportunities for further palaeontological work. However, the fauna from Tambar Springs does not appear to be unique but rather a typical Pleistocene assemblage. This would need to be confirmed through further research.

The fossils from Tambar Spring are of remarkably good quality.
Official Values Not Available
Site Description: Eroded creek banks.

Geology and stratigraphy: Unnamed,unconsolidated sediments.

Age: Pleistocene.

History of excavation: Anderson possibly excavated at Tambar Springs some time in the early 1920s (See Anderson, 1924, in "Miscellaneous Sites"). The Australian Museum conducted excavations in November 1979 and January 1980 when a Diprotodon skeleton was excavated (Robert Jones pers. comm.). In 1982 the Australian Museum excavated a Diprotodon pelvis and in 1983-1984 they excavated a femur of Diprotodon (Robert Jones pers. comm.).

Mammalia. Marsupialia
Diprotodon sp.
Protemnodon sp.
The Australian Museum Type Locality Index lists a phalangerid from "Cope Creek" and the Australian Museum Cainozoic Vertebrate Locality Index lists Diprotodon, Procoptodon and Palorchestes from "Copes Creek". These are all likely to have come from Tambar Springs.

Palaeoenvironment: The fossils at Tambar Springs occur in fluviatile sediments indicating a river or water course.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
The owners are aware of the significance of the fossil deposits and protect them from unauthorised collection. There is an erosion problem along Cox's Creek but for palaeontological purposes this is useful because it occasionally exposes new specimens.
Along Coxs Creek, Kenloi Station, 14km north of Tambar Springs.
Vertebrate (Tetrapod) Palaeontological Sites in NSW, Paul Willis, National Parks Association of NSW, 1993.

Report Produced  Thu Jul 31 14:22:25 2014