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Newsletter November 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our newsletter is now ready for download. In this issue we look at the following articles:

Message from the Chairman

The 2010 Eromanga Dinosaur dig was the most productive yet in terms of both quantity and diversity. It was a huge effort by all concerned and all involved deserve the highest accolades for a job well done…

 

Science & Art

2008/09 Dig Artist in Resident, Annabel Tully presented an outstanding collection of art at her ‘Layers of the Land’ exhibition in Brisbane early this year. All her work at this exhibition was inspired by her experience at the dinosaur digs. Annabel used natural ochre found from around the surrounding hills and ochre found by dig team members around the bones from Cooper, Australia’s largest dinosaur. Layer’s of the Land was a sell out exhibition and an inspiration to us all.

 

Eromanga Dinosaurs

Discovering dinosaurs in Australia has never looked so good! In the space of only fi ve years, the dinosaur discoveries from South Western Queensland, near the township of Eromanga, have turned from mere tantalising possibilities to full blown reality with the discovery of massive and exquisitely preserved fossil remains of the largest creatures to have ever roamed the Australian outback – plus some of the smaller beasties as well! A fantastic fossil record that is quickly painting a picture of not only the dinosaurs, but their ecology and behaviour as well...

Searching for Wallabies in Idalia

Situated 893km outside my comfort zone, and west of Brisbane city lies Idalia National Park. Having hardly ventured further West than Jindalee, I was relatively sceptable about my camping abilities in this arid, desolate region. However, I can now say that after the 30+ hour return drive on a bus with fellow talkative, snoring, smelly, vomiting students, I would do it all again...

Eromangasaurus – Queensland’s own Loch Ness Monster!

The complete skull of an extinct marine reptile found in outback Queensland has provided a startling glimpse into life from the ancient inland sea that covered Australia around 110 million years ago. Dubbed Eromangasaurus australis or the “southern Eromanga lizard”, the remains of the Sunshine State’s own Loch Ness Monster have a tangled history, being dug up twice and named three times in the scientific literature.

 

The Perfection of Collection

Tony Bean Botanist and Jenny Silcock from the Queensland Herbarium visited the Eromanga area to collect plant specimens, passing on valuable knowledge on how to collect our native plants for a scientific collection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do the Eromanga dinosaurs and the Eulo Diprotodon (Megafauna) have common names like Cooper, George, Sid, Zac and Kenny?

These are identifying names we give a new important dinosaur or megafauna discovery so we know which individual we are talking about. In many cases with the dinosaurs they will be scientifically described as completely new dinosaurs and then they are given a special scientific name.  If they are not a new species then they will already have a special scientific name.  ‘Kenny’ has a scientific name already, Diprotondon optatum.


 
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