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Fossil Prep and Digs

Don’t just visit the museum, be an honorary assistant during one of our many hands-on tours.

When visiting Eromanga Natural History Museum you can quite literally get your hands dirty and be part of a fossil excavation and or preparation. Under close supervision of our trained experts, we will get you into the ground chipping, scrapping, brushing and extracting preserved bones from the earth. You will learn how to seek out geological formations, identify hot spots for potential bone sites, spot a fossil amongst the rocks, then get into the thick of it with our tools of the trade. Then back at our laboratory take the opportunity to clean up the bones for future examination, casting and cataloging. Discover more on the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do the Eromanga dinosaurs and the Eulo Diprotodon (Megafauna) have common names like Cooper, George, Sid, Zac and Kenny?

These are identifying names we give a new important dinosaur or megafauna discovery so we know which individual we are talking about. In many cases with the dinosaurs they will be scientifically described as completely new dinosaurs and then they are given a special scientific name.  If they are not a new species then they will already have a special scientific name.  ‘Kenny’ has a scientific name already, Diprotondon optatum.


 
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