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FAQs About Discoveries

What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?

After looking at the fossils ensure all fragments are left where they were found in the field as this is crucial to discovering more bones in the same area. Do not disturb site but take a GPS reading and photos. If possible mark the site with a star picket and contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum for a scientific analysis.

Look at the ENHM on-line resources ‘How to recognise dinosaur sites in the Cooper Basin’.


Who found the first dinosaur bone in South West Queensland, Australia?

In 2004, a 14 year old boy called Sandy Mackenzie was mustering sheep on his family’s property and he spotted an unusual looking rock.  He stopped and picked it up because it looked different to all the other rocks.  Sandy showed his Dad, who then took it to the Queensland Museum to ask them what it was.  


Will the fossils be sent to a State Museum collection?

The  fossils that are collected by the Eromanga Natural History Museum will be kept in the Eromanga Natural History Museum in the  region they were found so they can be processed, conserved and studied in the context of where they were discovered. This will also bring economic benefits to the local communities.  The Eromanga Natural History Museums' collection procedures and standards meet requirements needed to house and process these very important Australian fossils.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you recognise dinosaur fossils’

Fossils are predominantly black coloured and will look different to other rocks in the same area, plus they are heavier than rocks. Often they are broken into irregular fragments and have a porous structure.

Interesting fact: Sometimes if you put your tongue on the rock and it sticks a little bit this can also mean it is a fossil.


 
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