Six photographic images of cross sectioned fern fossils.

Lune River Fossil Fern Trunks Tasmania

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Among Tasmania’s earthly treasures are the spectacular but little known fossil ferns from Lune River.

Complex geological forces combined to preserve the trunks of ferns and other plants growing in a Jurassic forest here 180 million years ago.

This book provides a background to fossicking in the Lune River area and the close cooperation between amateur fossicker and professional palaeobotanist. Twelve tree ferns and one bracken-type fern have been studied and named.

Chapter 10 presents a guide for the amateur collector to identify these fossil ferns from “The Lune”.