Mammoth Cave (Western Australia)

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Interior
Reconstruction of Zygomaturus, fossil remains of which have been found in Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave is a large limestone cave 21 km south of the town of Margaret River in south-western Western Australia, and about 300 km south of Perth. It lies within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is surrounded by Karri and Marri forest. It has also had extinct animal fossils found in mammoth cave

Exploration[edit]

The cave is 500 m long and 30 m deep. It has been known from about 1850 to European settlers of the Margaret River district, but it was not explored until 1895. Its first explorer Tim Connelly, who was appointed caretaker of the cave, conducted tours by lamplight until 1904 when electric lighting was installed.

Fossils[edit]

The cave has been studied for over a century.[1] It has yielded fossils of Pleistocene fauna over 35,000 years old, including those of thylacines and the giant marsupial herbivore Zygomaturus.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Western Australia.". The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld: National Library of Australia). 13 March 1909. p. 23. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • "Mammoth Cave". Margaret River Wine Region. Margaret River Visitor Centre. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 

Coordinates: 34°03′29″S 115°01′50″E / 34.05806°S 115.03056°E / -34.05806; 115.03056