A reef ten times larger than the Great Barrier Reef has been discovered in the Australian outback.
At 650 million years old it is believed to be unique in its age and may therefore hold information about a previously uncertain period of primitive life during its formation between two ices ages.
Situated in the northern Flinders Range in Southern Australia, it was discovered by scientists from the University of Melbourne.
"Some of the complex organisms we have seen in the reef have never been discovered previously," associate professor Malcolm Wallace told the Times.
Professor Wallace confirms that the reef is "the right age to capture the precursors to animals", having formed some 80 million years before the oldest fossilised animal remains on record.
Dubbed the Oodnaminta Reef, it is too old to have been made of coral and instead comprises "complex, chambered structures that have not been discovered before," according to the professor.
Just last week it was announced that hundreds of new species of plant and animal life had been discovered at Australia”s Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the most visited natural attractions in the world.
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