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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.

2020 Megafauna Dig dates

Week 1 - 7th – 13th August (arrive for dinner on Friday 7th August and leave after breakfast on Thursday 13th August)
Week 2 - 13th - 19th August (arrive for dinner on Thursday13th August and leave after breakfast on Wednesday 19th August)

Includes

  • 5 day experience including 5 days digging megafauna; 6 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, single rooms may be available if numbers permit.
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be provided at the dig site

Digging Up Megafauna - 5 days

Per Person Rates
Adult * $2600 *
* 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 the difference between megafauna fossils and dinosaur fossils?

Dinosaurs are reptiles that went extinct 64 million years ago. They grew to gigantic sizes.  They lived in a time when Australia was a very different place to what it is today, and part of the ancient landmass called Gondwana. The Eromanga dinosaurs are estimated to be 95-98 million years old and lived during the late Cretaceous.

Megafauna are the group of animals that evolved after the dinosaurs died.  They were very large marsupials, reptiles and flightless birds and went extinct about 20,000 years ago.  Some of their descendants still exist today in much smaller forms such as kangaroos, wombats, komodo dragons and crocodiles.  The Eulo megafauna lived during Pleistocene approximately 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. 


 
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