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Digging Up Megafauna

Learn how to dig up megafauna and microfauna with the guidance from a dedicated team of experts and museum staff.  The Eromanga Natural History Museum has been running the Eulo Megafauna digs since 2011 but it is only now that we are offering the opportunity for you to book your spot on this exciting megafauna dig. 

Book early to secure your position.

2019 Megafauna Dig dates

Week 1 - 9th – 15th August (arrive for dinner on 9th August and leave after breakfast on 15th August)
Week 2 - 15th - 21st August (arrive for dinner on 15th August and leave after breakfast on 21st August)

Includes

  • 5 day experience; 4 days digging megafauna; 5 nights at the shearers quarters
  • Arrival the evening before you start digging so you can settle in, dinner provided.
  • Breakfast on your day of departure
  • Optional day to visit Eulo and the mud springs
  • Working with ENHM field palaeontologists and geologist
  • Meeting the landholders of the private land where the dinosaur sites are located.
  • All meals included
  • All bedding and towels
  • Twin shared accommodation in shearers quarters
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be provided at the dig site

Digging Up Megafauna - 5 days

Per Person Rates
Adult * $2500 *
* Minimum age 18 years.
The above rates are quoted in Australian Dollars per person. Ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before booking.

 

Enquire About The Experience

Our campsite - what we provide

  • Comfortable twin share shearers quarters accommodation
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Camp cook will prepare all meals (you will not go hungry!)
  • Hot & Cold showers
  • Drinking water
  • Limited refrigeration space
  • Mobile phone coverage (also at the dig site)
  • Handheld UHF radios will be available upon request
  • Beds
  • All bedding and towels

Our dig site - what we provide

  • Digging tools and safety equipment
  • Bush toilets (the ‘long drop’)
  • Field marquee, tables and chairs
  • All meals

What you need to bring

  • Personal water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip-balm
  • Broad brimmed hat
  • Fly veil
  • Insect repellent
  • Work gloves
  • Work boots

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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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