Australian Geographic has released a fantastic short documentary on the search for opalised fossils in Lightning Ridge (NSW) – the home of the rare Black Opal.
It shows the relationships between opal miners, and palaeontologists in the Lightning Ridge opal fields as they unearth fossils from 95 to 100 millions ago, with the likes of bi-valves, plant life, and marine-based dinosaurs imprinted with Australian Opal.
‘Saving The Rainbow Bones’ – Directed by Angela Heathcote. Filmed by Pat Wiecks. Original Score and Sound Design by Pip Leason. Opal images by Robert Smith.