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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 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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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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