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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

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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