Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Land Not Within a Council Area (Flinders)
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) Wilkawillina Archaeocyathae Geological Site, partly located within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
Registered Name Wilkawillina Archaeocyathae Site
Significance The massive outcrops of Wilkawillina Limestone in this area contain fossil Archaeocyatha in a state of remarkable preservation on a scale rarely found in other parts of the world. Archaeocyathae, which partly resembled both sponges and coral, are known to be the first great reef builders in the sea, with a wide geographical distribution, and are the earliest fossils to be preserved in the Cambrian sediments of South Australia. Their appearance is used as a marker fossil to differentiate between Precambrian rocks and the earliest Cambrian rocks. Their preservation in South Australia is exceptional and various species from this locality have been used for correlation with other regions worldwide. Several Type Sections for Early Cambrian fossiliferous rocks, including that of the Wilkawillina Limestone, have been designated in the locality. (Adapted from HB Assessment Report)
Subject Index Landscape area - Palaeontological Site; Landscape area - Geological Site
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 19-AUG-1993
LGA Unincorporated SA
State Heritage ID 14377
Heritage Number 74
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CL 6213/306 D84473 A11,CR 6228/877 D90825 Q61


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

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