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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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