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Newsletter August 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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

Letter From The President

Welcome to the first edition of the Outback Gondwana Newsletter, which replaces the Cooper Eromanga Basin Natural History Society (CEBNHS) Newsletter, All Creatures Great and Small. Once again, we bring you the stories of our organisation, of the people who have joined us in our journey and above all, the rich and colourful tales of outback Australia’s natural world...

The Year In Review

South-west Queensland is now custodian of some of Australia’s most significant fossils, which are not only important to science but offer a great opportunity for the region to tap into the growth sectors of eco- and geo-tourism. It is the responsibility of Outback Gondwana Foundation (OGF) (CEBNHS Inc’s auspicing body), to ensure that these fossils are properly cared for and preserved…

Dinosaurs And Art

In May 2008, I set out in search of new environs in which to expand my thoughts of our arid Australian land, traveling 180km to reach the Eromanga Dinosaur Project’s excavation site…

Kids - News And Views

I have been buying the Australian & World Records book since 2007, because I was hoping to see Cooper the Titanosaur in it as Australia’s largest dinosaur. However, it still had Elliot, [a Sauropod discovery from the Winton district], as the largest.

In The Lab

I came across a Latin proverb recently, ‘Sat cito si sat bene’, which translates as, ‘Soon enough, if done well’. I have decided that this is a perfect motto for a fossil prep laboratory! For those of you who have had a glimpse of the painstaking workings of the Eromanga Fossil Preparatory Laboratory, I am sure you will agree. For those of you who haven’t, let me explain...

Earth Science Students

Palaeontologists often lament how little time they get in the field. At the same time, fieldwork is considered to be very important for the study and practice of palaeontology. Joining the 2008 Dig at Plevna Downs gave me practical experience in fossil sites that are rather different to those I’m currently studying (which are in caves). I learnt about different excavation techniques…

The Perfection Of Collection

Eromanga resident and CEBNHS Member Dorothy Walker, approached the Society in 2008 with a sepia photograph, taken of a Chuditch or western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii). Photographed on the Rabbit Board Fence, south of Eromanga, the exact date of the photograph is unknown but is estimated to have been taken between the years of 1884 and 1921. Upon Dorothy’s request, CEBNHS approached Dr Stephen Van Dyck, mammalian biologist and Senior Curator of Vertebrates at the Queensland Museum, for comment on the photo.

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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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