Ancient rainforests once covered Australia


Ancient fossil of Longhorn beetle. Image: Michael Frese

When you think about a rainforest, Australia is probably not a spot that comes to mind but a newly discovered site in New South Wales suggests that Australia hosted thriving rainforests.


Between 11 million and 16 million years ago Australia had several rainforests and researchers have discovered fossils that include spiders, wasps, plants and fish.


While the site is only around 50 metres or so, some of the fossils are completely preserved.


The majority of Australia is now desert.