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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 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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