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Stage 2 Update

Thursday, December 13, 2018

It has been a hive of excitement at the museum over the last couple of months. Since receiving our funding for the next stage we have started to develop a new and improved plan with some exciting aspects that we think everyone will like. What you may not know though is that the Outback Gondwana Foundation (our governing body) has just received an additional $950,000 through the Outback Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund. This additional funding is to expand on our interpretive design and exhibitions within stage 2. 

So What Will Be In The Next Stage? 

Although we can't show you the plans just yet here are a few objects and details you can expect to see:

  • A Full-Size Replication of 'Cooper' - Filling a single gallery this will be one of the major objects that you can expect to see. 
  • Lots of the Bones that You have Come to Love - We will be including as many bones as possible in the museum, showcasing all of our favourites; Cooper, Zac, Tom and Sid, just to name a few. 
  • A Cafe For Guests and Tourists Alike - As part of our new museum we will have a cafe where light refreshments will be available for purchase, as well as being a nice place to sit and relax between tours. 
  • Some Pretty Cool Tech - Although tech has not been used much in South West Queensland we think that you will be entertained by the technology that is being implemented into the museum. 
  • And a Whole Lot More - As you can expect we can't spill all our secrets yet but we are excited for it to begin and we are looking forward to seeing you at the opening in 2020. 
Now is the time to come and see the existing workshop as it currently is. Developments are happening and we are expecting to make a start on the building in the beginning of 2019. 

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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