State Fossil Emblem nominations - Baragwanathia

Vote for your favourite fossil to become the State's Fossil Emblem.

A triangle shape flat, beige coloured rock, with a fossil of plant matter embedded in it.

Museums Victoria: State Fossil Emblem nominations

Vote for your favourite fossil to become the State's Fossil Emblem!

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Museums Victoria is excited to invite the people of Victoria to cast their vote in selecting a candidate for a state fossil emblem.

State emblems are a way of celebrating the unique and amazing natural heritage of our part of the world.

Victoria has these emblems already: helmeted honeyeater (bird), Leadbeater's possum (animal), weedy seadragon (marine animal), common heath (flora) and gold (mineral), but does not yet have a fossil emblem.

Introducing the Baragwanathia

The fossil plant Baragwanathia was one of the first plants adapted to living outside water.

When Baragwanathia was named by the pioneering female scientist Dr. Isobel Cookson, it was considered the world’s oldest land plant.

By transporting water and nutrients inside its strong stems, Baragwanathia was able to survive sunlight and open air. Small, simple leaves covered its stems, which were over a metre long. Most other plants at this time were only a few centimetres tall.

Baragwanathia plants were washed into the sea which covered most of Victoria during the early Devonian and today we find their fossils preserved in marine sedimentary rocks.

They still show even microscopic details of the plant’s anatomy. This is partly because bacteria that break down such tough plant tissue were only beginning to evolve.

Voting closing date: 4th October

Vote for the Baragwanathia



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