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Cooper's Life Size Limb Installed

Monday, September 11, 2017

Australia’s largest dinosaur replication - Funds were raised through the generous contribution of supporters of the Crowd Funding campaign and matching funds from Qld Arts, Outback Gondwana Foundation, RADF and Bridgeport.

ENHM has been working with our palaeo artist Vlad Konstantinov who created the digital files and ENHM Honorary Palaeotologist, Dr Scott Hocknull to produce this replication. These digital files are based on the real bones of Cooper, Australia's largest dinosaur and then you can see the real bones are on display at the ENHM as well. We have fossil evidence to indicate that the Cooper species grew up to 30m long and 5-6m high and we have always wanted to show visitors the size of Cooper. The workshop we operate out of currently doesn’t have enough room for a full sized skeleton of Cooper (this is planned for stage 2) but we could fit one side of Coopers front and hind limb sections. This is a scientific masterpiece of a very new Australian dinosaur, a detailed replication that has been 3D printed and hand painted. Experts in the field of 3D printing, Steve and Vicki Rosewell Studio Kite were engaged to for reproduce the bones and erected them on site at the ENHM. The bones were printed on the world fastest and largest 3D printer in Australia designed and constructed by Steve. They arrive today and with the help of the ENHM team and locals this state of the art Australia dinosaur replication will be the largest scientifically accurate dinosaur limbs ever made and assembled in Australia and this is all happening in the Great Outback of Eromanga, South West 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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