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Offered in partnership with Ancient Odysseys, this Australian Geographic Travel expedition will take you deep into the outback of Queensland, where you’ll join a paleontology dig experience like no other. In the remote southwest town of Eulo, some ten species of extinct megafauna have been found. These animals lived around 150,000-50,000 years ago and included the world’s largest marsupial—the giant bear-shaped Diprotodon. And as with any paleontology excavation, there is always the possibility of finding new species!
The Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) conducts this paleontology dig and this year marks the first time it is offered as part of a larger itinerary with Australian Geographic Travel. The deposits of megafauna from Eulo represent some of the most concentrated megafauna bone deposits found in open sites in Australia. By collecting associated skeletons of these megafauna, you will be helping researchers build up a picture of what their prehistoric biology might have been, looking at differences in individuals, sexes and size. Your work on this project is essential to our understanding of Australia's top Pleistocene herbivore. The dig itself takes place over the course of five days. There, you will be working alongside the site researchers and your guide who will instruct you on the proper fossil excavation and collection techniques. You will also be joining the team in the fossil preparation lab in Eromanga where you will learn how to clean and repair fossils once they have been excavated. The fossils you excavate and prepare have a very real chance of being on display in future exhibits in the Eromanga Natural History Museum.
Arrival In Cunnamulla
Your tour starts with the pickup from Cunnamulla Airport. Our transfer will meet the scheduled flight with REX airlines, leaving Brisbane at 8.00am and arriving in Cunnamulla at 11.15am. Should you arrive on another flight, please make sure to be at Cunnamulla Airport on the 4th of August at 11.15am to start your tour. After a hearty lunch, you’ll begin your adventure in Outback Queensland by enjoying a hot soak in a natural outdoor setting. After your relaxing soak, you’ll transfer to our rustic on-site dig accommodations at the Shearer’s Quarters in Eulo. Once you are settled in, you will enjoy dinner around the campfire. Accommodation: Dig accommodations at the Shearer’s Quarters in Eulo
Digging & Excavation Day 1
Digging & Excavation Day 2
Digging & Excavation Day 3 & Yowah Opal Fields
Digging & Excavation Day 4 & Protection of Fossils
Digging & Excavation Day 5 - Jacketing of Fossils & Hot Springs
Explore Eromanga Natural History Museum
Hands-On fossil work at Eromanga Natural History Museum
Eromanga to Quilpie
Tour Finish & Departure from Quilpie