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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.   ...read more

New Facilities at Cooper's Country Lodge

Friday, July 27, 2018

During the past couple of months guests and staff have been watching our newest building grow. Now almost done it's time to take a look at our newest edition to the Lodge and the Museum Reserve. The new kitchen and laundry facility will be used to cater for guests and also is a preempted build for the upcoming Stage 2.  With the laundry facilty being large enough to cater for our expected growth int he near future. Guests will get the benefit of a guest laundry all for themselves and the option to hire out the kitchen facility to cater for themselves or groups.   ...read more

Dinosaur Dig; Done and Dusted

Friday, July 27, 2018

Being on the team for the Eromanga dinosaur dig is an exceptional experience on so many levels. You are not just working with a team of experts digging up massive dinosaur bones but you are a valuable team member in a small group learning the whole process from beginning to end, how to recognise new dinosaur sites, how time has shaped the surrounding landscapes and how important it is to discover and preserve our Australian dinosaur heritage.  ...read more

Live From the Labs

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The ENHM Laboratories have often been a hive of activity over the past few months. We have had quite a few individual travellers & some bigger groups, including a group utilising NDIS funding. All of which called in to experience what it’s like to work on dinosaur or megafauna fossils. Some people participated for a few hours and some for over 10 days. Helen Smith recently completed her 10 day training program and gained the skills to be our newest Honorary Volunteer in fossil preparation. The honorary volunteers provide a valuable contribution by helping us to prepare the fossils that then go into our collection, be studied and then displayed to the public.  ...read more

Building Better Regions Fund

Friday, July 13, 2018

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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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