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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!

AUSTRALIA: The Time Travellers Guide - compilation from Eye Candy Animation on Vimeo.

Online Shop

An Online Shop has been added to the website to assist in raising funds for OGF's activities.
 

Media Releases

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.

Second time lucky for dinosaurs?

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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New Species of Beefly found in SW Queensland.

February 2012

Bee Fly – a new species of Australian Beefly, Palirika mackenziei, found on Plevna Downs has been described and named after Collections Manager, Robyn Mackenzie. The beefly was captured during a 2011 trip to Quilpie and Eromanga by Qld Museum Curator of Entomology, Dr Christine Lambkin. For more details, check out Invertebrates in the Biodiversity section.

Full Application to the Regional Development Australia Fund Round 2 has been submitted

February 2012

OGF’s full application under the auspices of the Quilpie Shire council was submitted ontime. Announcement of the successful applicants will be made by the minister in mid to late May.

To find out more Regional Development Australia Fund Round Two

Submitting Full Application to the Regional Development Australia Fund Round 2

January 2012

OGF with the support of the Quilpie Shire Council has passed the Expression of Interest stage and is currently submitting a full application for funding from the RDAF. If successful, this will be used to build the first stage of the Eromanga Natural History Museum which will provide a permanent Research, Education and Tourist Facility.

To find out more Regional Development Australia Fund Round Two

I Dig Dinos – Eromanga Dinosaurs at Queensland Museum

Wednesday 5th – Sunday 23rd January 2011

Watch fossil preparators work on a huge leg bone from of one the Eromanga dinosaurs.

To find out more http://www.southbank.qm.qld.gov.au/Events and Exhibitions/Events/2011/01/I Dig Dinos

New Frontier in Australian Palaeontology

Timeline of the Eromanga Dinosaur Project

In 1998, Dr Paul Sereno (Palaeontologist, University of Chicago, USA) along with student, Jonathan Marcot, Dr Ralph Molnar (Curator, Geosciences, Queensland Museum) and Joanne Wilkinson (Technician, Queensland Museum) visited Plevna Downs. They were searching for cretaceous vertebrate fossil material – nothing was found at this time.

In 2004, the first piece of dinosaur bone was discovered at Plevna Downs by 14 year old Sandy Mackenzie (Jnr) marking the first discovery of dinosaur evidence in South-western Queensland.

In 2005, the ‘Cooper’ & ‘George’ sites were discovered. Since then many other dinosaur and fossil fauna sites have been identified.

In 2007, at the Queensland Museum, an official Government announcement by the Honourable Rod Welford, Minister for Arts and Education, revealed the discoveries of ‘Cooper’ and George’. Scott Hocknull (Curator/Palaeontologist, Geosciences, Queensland Museum) confirmed these dinosaurs to be two massive Titanosaurs – and Australia’s largest dinosaurs discovered to-date.*

The Eromanga Dinosaur Project’s  two week dinosaur dig  at ‘Cooper’s’ site has been completed for 2008.  Many new dinosaur bones were unearthed adding to the already impressive collection from this site

L-R  Dr Paul Sereno, Jo Wilkinson, Jonathan Marcot, Dr Ralph Molnar ©Excavations at Cooper’s site are continuing each year. This site has still to be fully excavated and has proven to be an extremely rich fossil deposit. Preparation and storage of the bones is carried out in a Field Station and Dinosaur Preparation Laboratory about 35kms away from Cooper’s site.

All the field and laboratory work on ‘Cooper’ has been done by volunteers, with help and support from the Queensland Museum and OGF’s sponsors.

*as represented by bone.

Queensland Museum: http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/features/dinosaurs/queensland/giants.asp