Information sought on stolen Hallett Cove fossil

News release
09 May 2017

Hallett Cove fossil theft before

Before: the ripple marks fossil at Hallett Cove

An important fossil that shows ripple marks from millions of years ago has been stolen from Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

The stolen specimen is a piece of rock approximately 35 centimetres long and 5-10 centimetres wide, and is from a period when South Australia was under an ancient glacial lake around 870-500 million years ago.

This fossil is part of the bigger story of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park, which is the only location in the Southern Hemisphere where glacial pavements can be seen. 

Hallett Cove fossil theft after

After: the gouged out fossil area

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges District Manager Piers Brissenden said he is hugely disappointed that a rock formation used by thousands of people for geological education since the early 1950s has been damaged in this way.

“These stones take millions of years to form but sadly, only minutes to destroy,” Mr Brissenden said.

“Hallett Cove Conservation Park has one of the most accessible geological records of an ice age in Australia, and it’s a resource for all park visitors, not just a selfish person who want to keep a piece for themselves.

“Hallett Cove is such a beautiful and important educational record and damage like this spoils the experience for anyone interested in the history of the area.”

Mr Brissenden said that although the rock was of geological significance, it is unlikely to be worth any money to a true collector.

The public is invited to report any information that may help recover this fossil.

Please contact:

Blackhill Natural Resources Centre
Telehone: (08) 8336 0901

The incident has been reported to the South Australian Police.

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