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The Femur Has Arrived

Friday, November 04, 2016

We are very excited to announce that the femur has arrived and is now on display at the museum!!  :) The children from the local school were very excited to be one of the first groups to check it out.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to the crowdfunding campaign. It is still running so its not too late to donate. Without everyone's kind donations we wouldn't be able to begin the process of replicating #Australiaslargestdinosaur "Cooper".

If you want to get involved and continue the process of bringing cooper to life, check out or crowd funding campaign here.


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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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