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Eromanga Dinosaur Project

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The annual Eromanga Dinosaur Project’s dig at “Plevna Downs” was completed in May this year and has unearthed an extraordinary range of new fossils and exciting information about Australian dinosaurs.

Co-ordinated by the Outback Gondwana Foundation, in conjunction with the Queensland Museum and both local and corporate support, the dig produced at least one new dinosaur, “Zac” and a variety of bones from soon to be identified species. “Zac” will join Australia’s largest dinosaur “Cooper”, found previously at a nearby site, in the Outback Gondwana Foundation’s fossil preparation laboratory, where all bones are being prepared for eventual public display.

The Quilpie shire is proving to be a rich source of evidence from a time when Dinosaurs stalked the Australian landscape, around 97 million years ago. The Foundation, directed by local landholders as well as interested professionals, is dedicated to promoting the discovery and preservation of these fossils and establishing a centre for display in the south-western district of Queensland.

The Outback Gondwana Foundation thanks the Queensland Museum scientific team, major sponsor Santos, Eromanga Contracting (Ralph Walker) and Bill Pegler as well as many other volunteers who made the 2009 dig such a success. Special mention must to Liz & Malcolm Ebsworth and Keith McGlashin for running such a wonderful camp and keeping the dig team and documentary team entertained and well fed.

For further information, go to or check the website to view a video of the 2008 Eromanga dig site.

Contact: Jackie Erickson 0427447428
email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?

After looking at the fossils ensure all fragments are left where they were found in the field as this is crucial to discovering more bones in the same area. Do not disturb site but take a GPS reading and photos. If possible mark the site with a star picket and contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum for a scientific analysis.

Look at the ENHM on-line resources ‘How to recognise dinosaur sites in the Cooper Basin’.

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