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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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 Frequently Asked QuestionCategory
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 the difference between megafauna fossils and dinosaur fossils?

Dinosaurs are reptiles that went extinct 64 million years ago. They grew to gigantic sizes.  They lived in a time when Australia was a very different place to what it is today, and part of the ancient landmass called Gondwana. The Eromanga dinosaurs are estimated to be 95-98 million years old and lived during the late Cretaceous.

Megafauna are the group of animals that evolved after the dinosaurs died.  They were very large marsupials, reptiles and flightless birds and went extinct about 20,000 years ago.  Some of their descendants still exist today in much smaller forms such as kangaroos, wombats, komodo dragons and crocodiles.  The Eulo megafauna lived during Pleistocene approximately 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. 

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