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You might wonder why we call fossil fish from the Kimberley 'Gogo fish'. It's because they were found near Gogo Station. One of these Gogo fish has become very well known in Western Australia, because it is the state fossil emblem. In 1994 a group of students from Sutherland-Dianella Primary School thought that

Western Australia should have its own fossil emblem, like many states in the USA. After looking at photos and drawings of Gogo fish, they chose one and wrote to the state government. On 5 December 1995 it was officially made WA State Fossil Emblem by the Governor.

one and wrote to the state government. On 5 December 1995 it was officially made WA State Fossil Emblem by the Governor.

Mcnamaraspis, which by an amazing coincidence is my surname. OK, it's not really a coincidence. The fish had been named after me in 1995 by my colleague John Long, who discovered it. This was my 40th birthday present from him. It was certainly my most unusual birthday present, that's for sure. Little did I realise then that 'my' fish would become Australia's first state fossil emblem.

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