Fossil find in park?
IT LOOKS like a large crystal embedded with tiny barnacles and Tina Greenhalgh’s latest discovery has the Maryborough resident inspired to find out more.
Ms Greenhalgh is a lifestyle support worker with Town and Country Community Options.
Her job involves taking clients on social outings, and she always keeps her eyes peeled on her regular walks with clients in Maryborough’s parks.
Last week she and Kylie Lorkin found what Ms Greenhalgh believes to be a crystallised fossil.
“It was just sitting there, covered in red mud and at first I thought it was just a big chunk of crystal,” she said. “I was quite excited with it. I’ve found things before but not like this.”
She took her find home and carefully cleaned it.
“I washed it with soapy water and a soft toothbrush. I was worried if I scrubbed it too hard I might damage it so I boiled it in water to try to loosen up the dirt.”
Then she went to the Maryborough library to research the specimen.
“There are barnacles on it and an outline of what looks like a starfish. It’s obviously the fossil of some sort of creature.”
Ms Greenhalgh will be handing the crystal to the authorities but hopes it is returned to a Maryborough museum once it is formally identified.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment and Resource Management said department staff would certainly be interested in looking at the fossil but handing it over was not mandatory.