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Our Merry Message From the ENHM Staff

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As 2018 draws to close we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The museum is now closed to the public from the 14th of December 2018 to the 4th of March 2019. We look forward to seeing many developments in the new year with construction of our next stage and employment of new staff members all kicking it off.  

Thank you to our Lab Coordinator Jo Pegler for the Night Exposure of Knotosaurus, Eromanga, Qld, 4480.

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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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