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Fossil Preparation Program

Australia’s ultimate hands-on fossil preparation experience where you can get your hands dirty and be a part of the team uncovering ancient fossilised bones in the laboratory of  Australia’s prehistoric giants. All these fossils have been excavated from the Eulo and Eromanga fossil fields, some of the most highly concentrated and best-preserved Australian megafauna and dinosaur fossil fields and home to the world’s largest marsupials and Australia's largest dinosaurs.

A museum Fossil Technician will guide you through this fascinating experience bringing the past into the present. Our one hour guided tour is a hands-on tour through the Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) workshop, dinosaur and megafauna laboratories and collection room.

You will be trained by experienced Fossil Technicians who gently guide you through all the different stages of fossil preparation you may encounter. Our Fossil Technicians are locals who have themselves been trained by experts at the ENHM and Queensland Museum and have worked on the ENHM digs and in the laboratories for many years.

Who can learn to prepare dinosaur and megafauna fossils?

You need to be 18 years and over, have a good eye for detail and a steady hand, enjoy having a go and working with a team, not mind puzzles and lastly, a good dose of patience and persistence goes a long way as well.

Bookings are essential to ensure you recieve  the days you want.

Become an Honorary Megafauna Fossil Preparator

Once you have completed ten days of megafauna fossil preparation at the Eromanga Natural History Museum, you are then assessed to become an Honorary Megafauna Fossil Preparator. For more information download our Fossil Prep Info document below:

Fossil Prep Info Sheet Fossil Prep Info Sheet (1016 KB)

Do you have a preference to learn to prepare dinosaurs or megafauna?

In a ten-day period, you will have a choice to work on either dinosaur or megafauna fossil material. Although every effort will be made to ensure you get your preference, it will depend on the availability of positions left in dinosaur and megafauna laboratory.

Includes:

  • A guided tour of the workshop and the dinosaur and megafauna laboratories, where you will learn about the prehistoric and modern-day story of the evolution of this unique and diverse part of Outback Australia.
  • A guided tour of the Collection & Holotype Room which includes viewing the real bones of  the internationally significant specimen, Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’ and 'Kenny' a massive Eulo Diprotodon, who is also replicated in a life-sized bronze sculpture at Eulo.
  • Induction and training with a senior Museum Technician (safety gear is provided)
  • An opportunity to be able to contribute to the development of the most recent, significant dinosaur, megafauna and arid microfauna fossil collections in Australia.

 

Please note you will need to bring your own lunch and snacks. Free tea and coffee is provided.

Fossil Preparation Program Rates

Per Person Rates
Adult * $90.00
**Additional consecutive days can be purchased on application**
The above rates are quoted in Australian Dollars PER PERSON per day. Ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before booking.
* Minimum age 18 years. 

10 days fossil prep from $725 and after 10 days you can apply to prep for free!   Contact us for special rates for over 2 days.

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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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