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Mike Smith holding the satellite phone and solar panel charger
Mike with the satellite phone and solar panel charger.

Join veteran desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith on his journey into the remote southern Simpson Desert on the search for signs of a lost world.

Mike delivered regular field reports from the Kallakoopah region, near Lake Eyre in South Australia from 26 June to 18 July 2007.

The expedition yielded ancient fossil remnants and the complete skeleton of an extinct bird.

There was also drama on the 23-day trip, with one injured expeditioner evacuated by helicopter and another disaster narrowly averted when stray camels stampeded the camp.

View a map of the expedition area

Final posts

18 July 07 - Kalamurina base camp
audio_w15 Triumphs and trials at the expedition's end (MP3 file 1.2mb)
Duration 2 minutes, 39 seconds

18 July 07 - stray camel raid
audio_w15 Stampede drama for the camel strings (MP3 file 1.1mb)
Duration 2 minutes, 27 seconds

Earlier posts

17 July 07 - near Elicka Hill
audio_w15 Dawn reflections on camping and camels (MP3 file 1.2mb)
Duration 2 minutes, 35 seconds

15 July 2007 - near Lake Pantoowarinna
audio_w15 The long hard walk back to base camp (MP3 file 1.1mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 8 seconds

13 July 2007 - leaving the Kallakoopah
audio_w15 Fossils across the fragile landscape (MP3 file 1.8mb)
Duration: 3 minutes, 38 seconds

13 July 2007 - general desert trivia
audio_w15 Fifteen kilometres to the next tree and other trivia (MP3 file 199kb)
Duration: 20 seconds

12 July 2007 - downriver on the Kallakoopah
audio_w15 150 kilometres and 17 days without a wash (MP3 file size 797kb)
Duration: 1 minute, 31 seconds

9 July 2007 - west of Lake Willawilaninna
audio_w15 The party awaits a water drop (MP3 file size 993kb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds

8 July 2007 - 6km east of Kallakoopah Creek
audio_w15 Discovery of ancient marsupial jaw bone (MP3 file size 937kb)
Duration: 1 minute, 51 seconds

7 July 2007 - Kallakoopah Creek
audio_w15 Mike 'gets his eye in' for finding more fossils (MP3 file size 876kb)
Duration: 1 minute, 59 seconds

4 July 2007 - Kallakoopah Creek
audio_w15 First complete bird fossil found (MP3 file size 1.2mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 36 seconds

2 July 2007 - Kallakoopah Creek
audio_w15 Expedition records its first casualty (MP3 file size 1.3mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 59 seconds

30 June 2007 - near Kallakoopah Creek
audio_w15 First fossils found in the dune fields (MP3 file size 1.4mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds

28 June 2007 - Billicoorinna Creek
audio_w15 The chaos of travelling with camels (MP3 file size 1.1mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 12 seconds

27 June 2007 - Kalamurina
audio_w15 Mike describes the first campsite (MP3 file 1.2mb)
Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

26 June 2007 - Adelaide
audio_w15 Mike prepares to leave Adelaide (MP3 file 516kb)
Duration: 47 seconds