Outback Fossils come to the Museum of Tropical Queensland

26 June 2010

The Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Dino Discoveries holiday program will showcase a spectacular selection of real fossils from outback Queensland thanks to the support of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton.

The dinosaur-themed holiday program, which runs from 26 June – 12 July 2010, will feature children's activities, tours, demonstrations and free lectures from Queensland Museum dinosaur hunter Dr Alex Cook.

The loan of fossils from Australian Age of Dinosaurs will help the museum tell the story of Queensland dinosaurs, and also demonstrate the techniques palaeontologists use in their work.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the assistance of Australian Age of Dinosaurs was an exciting extension of the partnership the Queensland Museum has already established with the Winton-based organisation.

“It’s exciting to be able to host these scientific treasures and display them to our visitors,” Mr McLeod said.

"As well as having them on display in the museum, we’ll have a preparator at work in the galleries removing newly-discovered fossils from the rocks encasing them.

“Seeing a dinosaur bone emerge from a 100 million year old tomb is a rare treat few ever experience. Each of the real dinosaur bones revealed will be new to science,” Mr McLeod said.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a western Queensland based not for-profit organisation that operates a working dinosaur museum and fossil preparation facility on ‘The Jump-Up’ - a spectacular mesa formation located near Winton.

For program details go to www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au.

Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.

Media Contacts:
Mei Nee Cheong 4726 0603 or 0414 264 987
Stephen Wilson 4726 0604 or 0431 334 583

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