The brand new ACT Fossil Emblem, a Botocara mitchelli. Photograph: ACT authorities.

A trilobite fossil has been formally adopted because the ACT’s new fossil emblem.

Batocara mitchelli is from a bunch of marine anthropods that turned extinct 250 million years in the past.

It was chosen because the ACT’s fossil emblem after fetching greater than 1100 public votes.

The Batocara mitchelli is often discovered as fragments, nonetheless a whole specimen was discovered whereas drilling the foundations of the Treasury constructing within the Nineteen Forties.

The fossil emblem joins the floral, faunal, and mammal emblems for the ACT: the Royal Bluebell, the Gang-gang Cockatoo, and the Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby.


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Ian Meikle, editor