Viewing Riversleigh as a cultural landscape

22nd November 2013

Laurajane Smith and Anita van der Meer


Riversleigh, the location of a sequence of fossil sites dating back to at least 25 million years, is situated 250 km northwest of Mount Isa, Queensland. It comprises 10,000 hectares of Lawn Hill National Park and was added to the World Heritage lists in 1994 as part of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites World Heritage Area (which also incorporates Naracoorte, South Australia). The listing was ‘based on its outstanding natural heritage values’ (Manidis Roberts 1998:v), and Riversleigh is highly significant to palaeontological understanding of the origin and diversification of Australian mammalian fauna (Archer et al. 1991). The specific World Heritage Values of Riversleigh define it as a physical landscape.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Smith, L. and A. van der Meer
Viewing Riversleigh as a cultural landscape
December 2000
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