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Scientists Dig Giant Mammal Fossils in Southwest Queensland

Scientists Dig Giant Mammal Fossils in Southwest Queensland Palaeontologists, geologists and fossil enthusiasts are expecting to unearth extraordinary bones next week at one of Australia’s most impressive megafauna dig sites near Eulo, a small town in southwest Queensland.   On 10 June the Outback Gondwana Foundation (OGF), a scientific organisation based near Eromanga, will begin […]

Extant Landscape, Eromanga Basin

10 Queensland Artists have come together to celebrate the diversity and vastness of the Eromanga Basin landscape. Commissions from the exhibition will go towards the Outback Gondwana Foundation Building Fund. The Extant Landscape is expressed through multiple media as the artists work in oil, acrylic, print,paper, perspex, photography, digital, metal and precious gems. The Exhibition will be […]

Major Sponsors continue to support OGF

We are delighted that our major Sponsors, Santos and Beach Energy have again committed to sponsor OGF’s general operations for another year.  The companies have also agreed to contribute funding for the proposed Natural History Museum subject to Federal Government funding approval.  We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of all our sponsors.

Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide

This DVD covering the natural history of Australia can be purchased from the ABC Shop. Scott Hocknull and Robyn Mackenzie make contributions. Cooper makes an impact. Click the above link for details. Check out the video below for a sneak preview of the Eromanga Giants walking past the pub!

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Dinosaur discoveries depend on farmers

“In western and south west Queensland, they are digging for treasures from the past – and coming up with finds that will keep palaeontologists busy for decades”, says Keiren McLeonard (ABC Bush Telegraph 29 August 2012).  Read the full article here.

Stuart Mackenzie reflects on the journey

In the “Village Green” section of the Courier Mail (18 August 2012), Stuart Mackenzie describes the amazing journey the project has taken him on over the past eight years.  Read about it in “Have Your Say”.

Giant marsupials’ graveyard unearthed in Queensland

Scientists working with OGF say they may have unearthed the fossilised skeletons of up to 40 giant marsupials in south-west Queensland.

Dinosaur finds put state in spotlight

A dinosaur rush is on in the state's far southwest. The remains of one of the largest dinosaurs found in the world and the largest in Australia have been uncovered, with Queensland Museum paleontologists tipping more major discoveries to come.

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The backers of Eromanga's dinosaur museum believe they have a strong chance of scoring $1.2 million of RADF funding.
 

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Scientists Dig Giant Mammal Fossils in Southwest Queensland

Palaeontologists, geologists and fossil enthusiasts are expecting to unearth extraordinary bones next week at one of Australia’s most impressive megafauna dig sites near Eulo, a small town in southwest Queensland.

 

On 10 June the Outback Gondwana Foundation (OGF), a scientific organisation based near Eromanga, will begin its third annual two-week excavation at a property near the town.

 

OGF Chairman Stuart Mackenzie said it was impossible to predict what the team would find underneath the clay at the dig. “We could find a range of significant fossils, even new species, but based on our previous digs it’s highly likely we will find more of the megafauna species we began to see in 2011,” Mr Mackenzie said.

 

He said in previous years OGF had unearthed well-preserved bones of the world’s largest marsupial, a giant extinct wombat called Diprotodon. Other megafauna species have helped paint a picture of what ancient life was like in the region. Teeth have been found from Megalania, the world’s largest lizard which was five to six metres long, from the Protemnodon or giant forest wallaby and Pallimnarchus, the giant inland freshwater crocodile.

 

“Once we finish the excavation the fossils will be transported in plaster casts to the Eromanga Natural History Museum field station near Eromanga where our bone preparators will prepare the bones for scientific study,” he said.

 

OGF Collections Manager Robyn Mackenzie and Lab Technician Tanya Hudson have been painstakingly preparing the bones found at last year’s dig.

 

“These are amazing fossils with beautiful preservation. It’s hard not to get excited about what we could dig up this year,” Mrs Mackenzie said. “We hope to find more fossils to add to the Foundation’s collection that will eventually be processed and conserved in the Eromanga Natural History Museum. It’s important for these nationally significant fossils to stay in the

regions, so they can be studied near where they were found and benefit the local communities,” she said.

 

Queensland Museum palaeontologist and Senior Curator Dr Scott Hocknull said the property near Eulo had one of Australia’s richest megafauna sites with a vast diversity of species and an abundance of fossil remains.

 

“This deposit represents the most highly concentrated accumulations of megafauna fossils I’ve ever seen, perhaps anywhere in Australia. The preservation is of such an exceptional standard at this particular site that the scientific and interpretative value is world class,” Dr Hocknull said.

 

“The fossils were discovered relatively easily over the past two years and in densities that have yet to be matched in our experience anywhere in Australia,” he said.

 

Thursday June 6, 2013