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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

 

Lab Report - November 2019

This year has been a busy one in the Labs at ENHM.

We saw increased numbers of visitors booking the various prep programs which have kept us on our toes providing material for them to work on. It is great to see how fascinated adults & children are when exposing fossils from the clay.

Steve Young, our Honorary Microfossil Processing Technician, has been out twice this year to continue his microfossil work on the Eulo material. It is always great to have Steve in residence where he can explain firsthand the valuable work he does. (See Steve's special report on Microfossils) These fossils will be a great addition to our collection once they are all formally identified.

Of course, the Dinosaur & Megafauna digs meant we had more field jackets to bring back to the museum with the ongoing problem of finding enough storage.  Monty’s site in particular yields large jackets and pieces of rock, which will require some significant tool work.


Santos Eromanga Dinosaur Dig Week 2 Team with some of their  yeilds from the site. 

The megafauna dig also produced some huge jackets with areas of bone having to be removed as a whole when we could not find any separation between the bones. One particular jacket containing a Diprotodon skull and pelvis has already had 27 other bones removed from it back here in the Lab.

Top: Image of the large megafauna jacket that produced over 27 bones before prep. Bottom: Same jacket after 2 weeks of preparation . 

 

Those of you who follow us on social media will have seen the visit we had from a group of Brisbane preparators who worked on a section of Zac’s tail vertebrae. This was a hugely productive week and resulted in us having an excellent display to take to Brisbane in October for SVP. 

All in all, it was a busy year providing to the visiting public a hands-on experience with the fossils in our museum and we look forward to seeing what 2020 has in store.  A big thank you to everyone who was involved in fossil prep making this our most productive year in the labs since opening to the public. 

Jo Pegler
Museum Services
Laboratory Coordinator

 


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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