Alcheringa (journal)

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Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology  
Discipline Palaeontology
Language English
Edited by Dr Stephen McLoughlin
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0311-5518 (print)
1752-0754 (web)

Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology is the official journal of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists. The journal is international in scope and publishes articles on all aspects of palaeontology and its ramifications into the earth and biological sciences, including: taxonomy, biostratigraphy, micropalaeontology, vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, palynology, palaeobiology, palaeoanatomy, palaeoecology, biostratinomy, biogeography, chronobiology, biogeochemistry and palichnology. The journal was established in 1975 and is currently published as four issues per year. Alcheringa is derived from the Arrernte language of the Arrernte aboriginal people of the Alice Springs area of central Australia. Alcheringa (also spelt altjeringa) is the popularized English version of an Arunta expression that means 'in the beginning' or 'from all eternity'.[1] Alcheringa is also the name given to a 2.7-2.8 billion year old stromatolite from the Pilbara region of Western Australia,[2] and symbolizes the antiquity of life and its record in sedimentary rocks. An image of the stromatolite is illustrated on the cover of the journal.


  1. ^ Strehlow 1971, p. 614
  2. ^ Walter 1972, p. 123)


  • Strehlow, T.G.H., 1971. Songs of central Australia. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, liv + 755 pp.
  • Walter, M.R., 1972. Stromatolites and the biostratigraphy of the Australian Precambrian and Cambrian. Special Papers in Palaeontology 11, i-x + 190 pp., 33 pl.