Conservation heavyweights lock in protection for outback fossil site

A $1 billion nature fund has been used to buy a vast tract of outback South Australia containing the oldest animal fossils on Earth.

The 60,000-hectare (150,000 acre) Nilpena West property is 600km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide and was previously part of Nilpena Pastoral Station. The property includes the Ediacara Fossil Site —…