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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

How do you recognise dinosaur fossils’

Fossils are predominantly black coloured and will look different to other rocks in the same area, plus they are heavier than rocks. Often they are broken into irregular fragments and have a porous structure.

Interesting fact: Sometimes if you put your tongue on the rock and it sticks a little bit this can also mean it is a fossil.

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