Hunting Fossils in the Jurassic Talbragar Fish Bed

The Jurassic Talbragar Fish Bed near Gulgong (NSW) has been extensively collected for more than 100 years and has yielded thousands of specimens of Cavenderichthys talbragarensis (Woodward, 1895), a ‘primitive’ freshwater teleost. The site is also known for exquisitely preserved plant and insect fossils.

The seminar will provide information on recent discoveries: in the last 2 years, hundreds of otoliths were found isolated in the sediment, in coprolites and, most remarkably in the head of several fishes; other finds include viviparid snail shells with mysterious bite marks and, perhaps not surprisingly, a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial beetle species.

Michael holds a PhD in virology and has studied RNA virus replication and the innate immune response to viral infections at the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg (Germany), the Pasteur Institute in Paris (France) and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (U.S.A). He currently conducts research at the University of Canberra and the CSIRO Black Mountain Laboratories where he works with rabbit caliciviruses. However, Michael is also a Research Associate with the Australian Museum and conducts palaeontological research. He has published several papers on Jurassic insects, fish ear bones and the interdisciplinary use of imaging technologies.

Institute for Applied Ecology Seminar Series


Date & time

11.30am–12.30pm 9 November 2018


UC Theatrette, 1A21 (next to Mizzuna Cafe), University of Canberra


Michael Frese, University of Canberra


 Liz Drummond

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