Alcheringa (journal)

Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of palaeontology and its ramifications into the Earth and biological sciences, especially the disciplines of taxonomy, biostratigraphy, micropalaeontology, vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, palynology, palaeobiology, palaeoanatomy, palaeoecology, biostratinomy, biogeography, chronobiology, biogeochemistry and palichnology. It is the official journal of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists. The journal was established in 1975 and is published by Taylor & Francis. The name "Alcheringa" is derived from the Arrernte language of the Arrernte aboriginal people of the Alice Springs area of central Australia. "Alcheringa" (also spelled altjeringa) is the popularized English version of an Arunta expression that means "in the beginning" or "from all eternity".[1] Alcheringa is also the name given to a 2.7-2.8 billion year old stromatolite from the Pilbara region of Western Australia[2] and symbolizes the antiquity of life and its record in sedimentary rocks. An image of the stromatolite is illustrated on the cover of the journal.

Edited byBenjamin Kear
Publication details
1.258 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Alcheringa
ISSN0311-5518 (print)
1752-0754 (web)
OCLC no.321020127


  1. ^ Strehlow 1971, p. 614
  2. ^ Walter 1972, p. 123)


  • Strehlow, T.G.H., 1971. Songs of central Australia. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, liv + 755 pp.
  • Walter, M.R., 1972. Stromatolites and the biostratigraphy of the Australian Precambrian and Cambrian. Special Papers in Palaeontology 11, i-x + 190 pp., 33 pl.

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