Behind the scenes: new national park offers an exclusive window into life at the dawn of time

Remarkable fossils that date back to the earliest days of complex life on Earth are finally in public hands.

Landscape photograph of researchers and others with at the newly prescribed Nilpena National Park
Researchers, parks staff and others gathered around “Alice’s Restaurant” to discuss its transfer to the blacksmith’s shop, the centrepiece of the newly created Nilpena Ediacara National Park. In the foreground, the rippled rock scattered across the National Park hides fossils on its underside. Credit: Ian Connellan