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ABC Radio Interview - Dinosaur Digs

Monday, May 28, 2018

Interview with ABC Radio Western Qld, Ollie Wykeham and Robyn Mackenzie ENHM, 25/5/18 ENHM Dinosaur Dig 2018.

Dinosaur dig unearths huge dinosaur bones from a very extensive bone bed west of Eromanga. Dinosaur diggers and Santos are helping to fund these digs and they are getting an experience of a lifetime. Preparing these bones takes a long time and now the museum needs funding to help cover the costs of training and employing fossil preparators.

ABC Radio Interview - Dinosaur Digs from ENHM on Vimeo.


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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