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Unveiling of Knotasaurus Park

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What a busy time we have been having. At the end of April Queensland Premeir Annastacia Palaszczuk flew into Eromanga to unveil Knotasaurus Park. This was followed by morning tea up at the museum, some prepping on "Zac" and a tour to see our diverse collection. This was the first time a Qld Premier has visited Eromanga - the "furthest town from the Sea"  ...read more

Media - Huge Dinosaur Fossil Found In Queensland

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Shane Doherty of 9 News have reported on Eromanga Natural History Museum.   ...read more

Dinosaur dig returns to Eromanga

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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

Ancient turtles win race to survive

Monday, March 10, 2014

If you look at turtles and think, that has to be an ancient design… you’re right!  ...read more

Dinosaur bone rush leads to new site

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fellow fans of all things gargantuan and extinct will recognize ‘Cooper’ the largest dinosaur ever found in Australia as depicted in the ABC’s Time Traveller’s Guide to Australia.  ...read more

Megafind In Queensland’s Arid Zone Helps Solve Pre-Historic Extinction Mystery

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The discovery of a vast and highly concentrated fossil site on a property in South West Queensland will help palaeontologists unravel the secrets of the world's largest marsupials, how they lived and how they became extinct. Eulo, SW Qld, will play centre stage for the latest in a growing list of major fossil finds in Queensland.  ...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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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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