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ABC Radio Interviews Eromanga on 3D Printed Dinosaur

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The first of two interviews on ABC Western Queensland about our 3D printing of Cooper's bones.

The Eromanga Natural History Museum are getting the bones of Australia's largest dinosaur 3D printed. The Far Western Queensland museum used crowed funding to pay for half of the $40 thousand project. The bones were digitally scanned then rendered by an archaeologist into a 3D model, which is then being printed by a robot. Kite Studios in Northern New South Wales are building the model with a large scale 3D printer they developed themselves. The dinosaur has been affectionately nicknamed 'Cooper'. - ABC Western Queensland


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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