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Stage 2 Update

Thursday, December 13, 2018

It has been a hive of excitement at the museum over the last couple of months. Since receiving our funding for the next stage we have started to develop a new and improved plan with some exciting aspects that we think everyone will like. What you may not know though is that the Outback Gondwana Foundation (our governing body) has just received an additional $950,000 through the Outback Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund. This additional funding is to expand on our interpretive design and exhibitions within stage 2.   ...read more

Glitz and Glam, The 2018 Tourism Awards

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Congratulations To All Entrants  ...read more

Our Merry Message From the ENHM Staff

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  ...read more

Live From The Labs

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lab Report  ...read more

A Look Back on 2018, A Big Year For ENHM

Saturday, December 08, 2018
2018  ...read more

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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