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A Home for 'Cooper', Just Around the Corner

Friday, July 27, 2018

Since the chance find in 2004 for by a young 14 year old boy, the dream for a home to house the arid collection of fossils from Eromanga's  surrounds began. Now 14 years on, that dream is about to become a reality. On the 13th of July after years of pushing to fund this build the moment that we had all been waiting for arrived,  in the form of $3.615 million from the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, with an additional $2.4 million from State and $600,000 from Quilpie Shire Council the  total funding awarded of $6.615 million we are now ready to start to build. 

At the planning stages now - Stage 2 part 1 will include a dedicated 30 m x 30 m gallery which will house a full skeletal representation of 'Cooper'.  The facility will also include reception, cafe and an expansive new merchandise store. These funds will help breathe new life into the Quilpie Shire and Eromanga, with the museum already drawing a bigger crowd than ever before.  

As can be imagined, the staff of the museum had the moment that some had been waiting 14 years for. Celebrated with a glass of Moet, we congratulated the collaborative efforts of all those who have been involved from the beginning to those involved in recent years. Once the celebrations have stopped, the work begins. 

A big thank you to all levels of government for their contributions and a thank you to all who have striven to build a bigger, better facility to house our community's and Australia's fossil heritage. 


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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