The Eromanga Natural History Museum is an educational and tourism development committed to discovering, conserving and showcasing the fossil, natural and cultural heritage from the prehistoric and modern day environments of the upper Murray/Darling and Lake Eyre/Cooper basins. As a premier tourism attraction it will dedicate itself to celebrating the prehistoric history and the amazing diversity of life of outback Australia - from the tiniest fossils the size of a sugar grain to the mightiest dinosaurs Australia has ever seen.
With access to over 70 internationally and nationally significant dinosaur and megafauna sites plus other fossil flora and fauna sites, this museum is ideally placed to become a Centre of Excellence for Arid Australia palaeontology. The Museum's locally based collection holds unique Australian dinosaur, megafauna and microfauna specimens, with many new species, world class fossil preservation, and diversity in age, species and size, rarely seen. Collection and conservation procedures meet International museum standards and the museum fully embraces the digital economy and leads in the uses of the latest in digital technology wherever possible. 3D, digital assets management and world class museum collection management software ensure that the museum staff can develop and maintain this priceless collection for perpetuity.
Just a few hours flight or a two day drive from capital cities, the museum is located close to four state boundaries making it easily accessed by interstate and international visitors. Located in Australia’s largest onshore resources projects in the gas and oil rich Cooper Basin, the museum can provide a paleontological perspective on this modern resource offering significant opportunities to resource companies to educate and communicate the distinct role the resources companies play.
The new discoveries and research this museum will generate will not only benefit the world but it will also provide the opportunity for the South West Queensland communities to benefit from the economic and scientific benefits which comes with these unique Australian dinosaur, megafauna and microfauna discoveries.
A holotype is a valuable original specimen that describes a new species. It is a term used to describe a specimen that is the first known of its kind anywhere in the world. A holotype can be any type of fossil, and it serves as the name-bearer of the species. Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded. These are rare and exciting discoveries, which help fill important gaps in the fossil record.
Every animal and plant that is scientifically described is represented by a holotype. If a scientist wishes to study the unique traits of a species, it is usually the holotype specimen they study. The holotypes are the crown jewels of any museum collection. These priceless specimens need to be stored and conserved at standards that meet the Code of International Zoological Nomenclature.