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Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about the Eromanga Natural History Museum and so check out our Top 10 questions we are always asked. If you can not find what you’re looking for, why not try searching our FAQs? Or simply use the navigation bar to browse our database. Still not finding what you need? Contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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1Did humans live at the same time as the Megafauna?Multiple
2How do you recognise dinosaur fossils’Multiple
3How long does it take to prepare a fossil for scientific research?Multiple
4What is a Holotype?Multiple
5What is the difference between megafauna fossils and dinosaur fossils?Multiple
6What is the largest Megafauna species?Multiple
7What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?Multiple
8Who found the first dinosaur bone in South West Queensland, Australia?Multiple
9Who pays for our operations?Outback Gondwana Foundation
10Why do the Eromanga dinosaurs and the Eulo Diprotodon (Megafauna) have common names like Cooper, George, Sid, Zac and Kenny?Multiple
11Will the fossils be sent to a State Museum collection?Multiple

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Holotype?

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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.

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