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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.

Another of our Honorary Volunteers - Steve Young, who is a Commercial Photographer, returned for another visit to help sort & photograph microfossils from our megafauna sediment’s. Steve’s skills in micro-photography are hugely beneficial as the fossils he has been sorting range from 5 mm in size down to 500 microns. These fossils - big or small – all help us understand and interpret what the environment was like all those thousands & millions of years ago in our part of south west Queensland.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you recognise dinosaur fossils’

Fossils are predominantly black coloured and will look different to other rocks in the same area, plus they are heavier than rocks. Often they are broken into irregular fragments and have a porous structure.

Interesting fact: Sometimes if you put your tongue on the rock and it sticks a little bit this can also mean it is a fossil.

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