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Newsletter January 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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Newsletter October 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011

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A Discussion On The Region’s Fossil Heritage

Monday, August 01, 2011

A meeting held in Roma yesterday to discuss the region’s fossil heritage with interested residents and council representatives.  ...read more

Newsletter January 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

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Newsletter November 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Eromanga Dinosaur Project

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The annual Eromanga Dinosaur Project’s dig at “Plevna Downs” was completed in May this year and has unearthed an extraordinary range of new fossils and exciting information about Australian dinosaurs.  ...read more

South-West Queensland - The New Gateway To Discovering Australia’s Giants

Friday, August 28, 2009

 South-west Queensland is becoming a new haven for Australian dinosaurs, with the towns of Roma and Eromanga now boasting the oldest and largest dinosaurs in the nation.  ...read more

Newsletter August 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Exciting New Specimens Uncovered at Dig Site

Monday, December 01, 2008

Stuart and Robyn Mackenzie from The Cooper Eromanga Basin Natural History Society are pleased to report that the latest dinosaur excavation and dig held west of Eromanga in May has unearthed some exciting new specimens of fossilised bone belonging to Australia’s largest dinosaur Cooper, the already famous Titanosaur, and one of the world’s largest dinosaurs.  ...read more

Newsletter January 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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