Imagine giant marine reptiles 10m long living and thriving in icy inland seas where there is now only desert. The Opal Fossils Gallery brings these imaginings to life with spectacular opalised fossils from Coober Pedy and Andamooka in the State's north.
The centrepiece of the gallery is literally a jewel: the opalised skeleton of a 6m long Addyman Plesiosaur. This priceless specimen was found in an opal mine in Andamooka in 1968. It is the finest known opalised skeleton on Earth.
Other exhibits in the Opal Fossils Gallery include a piece of ancient seabed with several hundred opalised shells, fossils from the Moon Plain north of Coober Pedy, and the largest ammonite ever found in Australia, which was originally mistaken for a truck tyre.
The South Australian Museum is holding a major exhibition about opals from 25 September 2015 to 14 February 2016. For more information visit the exhibitions page of this website.