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Dinosaur dig returns to Eromanga

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 Media Release - Dinosaur expedition returns to Eromanga  ...read more

Scientists Dig Giant Mammal Fossils In Southwest Queensland

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Palaeontologists, geologists and fossil enthusiasts are expecting to unearth extraordinary bones next week at one of Australia’s most impressive megafauna dig sites near Eulo, a small town in southwest Queensland.  ...read more

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

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


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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