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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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