"A group of female graziers from outback Queensland who hunt fossils in their
downtime have uncovered the remains of a 100m-year-old creature that
palaeontologists are likening to the Rosetta Stone for its potential to unlock
the discovery of several new species of prehistoric marine giant.
One of the “Rock Chicks” – as the amateur palaeontologists call themselves –
uncovered the fossilised remains of the long-necked plesiosaur, known as an
elasmosaur, while searching her western Queensland cattle station in August.
This was the first time that an elasmosaur skull has been found connected to
its body in Australia.
The information that provides could allow palaeontologists to decipher other
fossils held in museums, just as the Rosetta Stone, with its three scripts,
allowed philologists to crack ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics."
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