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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 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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