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Research - Palaentology

Research opportunities on fossils at the Eromanga Natural History Museum involves three sections:

  1. Fossils and ichnofossils from the late Cretaceous, the period that saw the last of the reign of the dinosaurs, a time when just before they became extinct they grew to titanic sizes never to be seen in the terrestrial animal kingdom again. A rare window into the behaviour of the dinosaurs and the Paleoecology of the late Cretaceous period in one of the newest friendly paleontological frontiers.
  2. Fossils from the Quaternary Pleistocene Arid Zone, the marsupial and reptilian megabeasts that evolved after the dinosaurs died. The megafauna lived alongside the Aboriginals for tens of thousands of years before becoming extinct. Descendants of these extinct species have evolved and still exist today.
  3. Fossils from the Quaternary Pleistocene, the microfauna evolution in the Australian Arid Zone.

Image supplied Rochelle Lawrence: Microfossil 1mm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if a fossil site is discovered?

After looking at the fossils ensure all fragments are left where they were found in the field as this is crucial to discovering more bones in the same area. Do not disturb site but take a GPS reading and photos. If possible mark the site with a star picket and contact the Eromanga Natural History Museum for a scientific analysis.

Look at the ENHM on-line resources ‘How to recognise dinosaur sites in the Cooper Basin’.

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