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Mashable - The Dinosaur Hunters

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eromanga Natural History Museum had a visit last year by the Mashable team to cover what we have been doing out here in outback Australia. In a 2 part series discover all about our excavations, our town, and our museum as well profiles on our people and staff that contribute to our discoveries.

Part I: In a remote corner of outback Australia, prehistoric bones are being unearthed

Part II: The women who clean prehistoric bones in the Australian outback 


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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