IT wasn’t a valuable opal, but Alex Woschitzka’s big find at Lighting Ridge over Easter has turned out to be priceless.
Digging through the dirt, the 13-year-old Coffs Harbour High student uncovered a prehistoric fossil, which a palaeontologist has dated between 100 and 110 million years old.
“When I found it, I thought it was a thorn, I couldn’t believe it when we were told it was a fossilised tooth from a baby crocodile or even a dinosaur that lived so long ago,” Alex said.
“It wasn’t until we showed it to a lady at the Australian Opal Centre that we realised Alex had found something special,” her mother Jenny said.
Since returning home, Alex had made plans to donate the fossil to the town’s opal museum.