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Microfossil Mania

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Live From The Labs

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Live From the Labs

Monday, July 29, 2019

Palaeo Learning Lab  ...read more

2019 Santos Dinosaur Dig Report

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Another dinosaur dig done!! As always you never quite know what to expect when you are digging up dinosaurs but this year certainly turned things on its head in terms of what we expected. We were fully expecting that the Monty site may dry up and then we would move onto another site close by. The unexpected happened and we found ourselves moving down the bone bed onto a bone jamb of beautifully preserved dinosaur bone all safely encased in the surrounding mudstone. Not only this, we found another dinosaur, smaller than the first one found in this bone bed two years ago, so, for now, we have Mr and Mrs Monty!  ...read more

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.  ...read more

Dinosaur Dig; Done and Dusted

Friday, July 27, 2018

Being on the team for the Eromanga dinosaur dig is an exceptional experience on so many levels. You are not just working with a team of experts digging up massive dinosaur bones but you are a valuable team member in a small group learning the whole process from beginning to end, how to recognise new dinosaur sites, how time has shaped the surrounding landscapes and how important it is to discover and preserve our Australian dinosaur heritage.  ...read more

Building Better Regions Fund

Friday, July 13, 2018

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ABC Radio Interview - Dinosaur Digs

Monday, May 28, 2018

Interview with ABC Radio Western Qld, Ollie Wykeham and Robyn Mackenzie ENHM, 25/5/18 ENHM Dinosaur Dig 2018.   ...read more

In The Media - Queensland family discover Australia's biggest dinosaur

Friday, April 13, 2018

Robyn and Corey of Eromanga Natural History Museum appeared on Seven’s Sunrise recently discussing recent discoveries and the museum while displaying "Coopers" replica leg bone.   ...read more

Live from the Labs

Friday, April 06, 2018

After an amazing 10 years of prep to complete approximately 10% of ‘Cooper’, the ENHM fossil technicians have signed off on their final prep notes. All bones but the right pubis and ischium of ‘Cooper’s’ pelvis have been completed and are now kept in the temperature-controlled holotype collection room in the ENHM gallery. What an awesome effort by all who participated to make the completion of ‘Cooper’s’ specimen possible.   ...read more


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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