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Press - Dinosaur history shapes future of drought-ravaged Eromanga

Monday, November 19, 2018

Eromanga Natural History Museum was featured heavily on ABC News. Below is an extract of the article. Use the link to read in full and view the movies.

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Dinosaur history shapes future of drought-ravaged Eromanga

By National Regional Affairs Reporter Anna Henderson in Eromanga, Saturday  17.11.2018

In recent years Eromanga has been so dry, there would not be enough feed around to sustain the giant creatures who used to roam this land.

The Quilpie Shire, more than 1,000 kilometres from Brisbane, has been drought declared for 13 of the past 18 years.

About 400 people live in this pocket of south-west Queensland.

While cattle and sheep grazing has been the traditional source of income, the discovery of dinosaur bones and megafauna has changed the landscape forever.

Now tourists are drawn here to see fossils of the long-necked sauropods that inhabited this area millions of years ago. It is estimated some ate about a tonne of foliage a day.

Most of the early finds that are being painstakingly researched at the Eromanga Natural History Museum were made by young people, stumbling across unusual "rocks" while mustering on properties.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between megafauna fossils and dinosaur fossils?

Dinosaurs are reptiles that went extinct 64 million years ago. They grew to gigantic sizes.  They lived in a time when Australia was a very different place to what it is today, and part of the ancient landmass called Gondwana. The Eromanga dinosaurs are estimated to be 95-98 million years old and lived during the late Cretaceous.

Megafauna are the group of animals that evolved after the dinosaurs died.  They were very large marsupials, reptiles and flightless birds and went extinct about 20,000 years ago.  Some of their descendants still exist today in much smaller forms such as kangaroos, wombats, komodo dragons and crocodiles.  The Eulo megafauna lived during Pleistocene approximately 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. 

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