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Megafauna Discovery Experience

Australia’s ultimate hands on Megafauna experience where you can get your hands dirty and be a part of the team uncovering 50,000 to 100,000 year old bones in the laboratory of Australia’s biggest marsupials. These megafauna fossils have been excavated from the Eulo megafauna fossil fields, one of the most highly concentrated and best preserved Australian megafauna fossil fields and home to the world’s largest marsupials.

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 recommended to ensure you can book 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 (1127 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 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 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.

 

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 availability of positions left in dinosaur and megafauna laboratory.

Megafauna Discovery Experience 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 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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