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Podcast: Student fossil digs & more at Kronosaurus Korner

Written by Ben Newsome on March 11th, 2018.      0 comments

Michelle Johnston and the FizzicsEd Podcast Episode 44

Museum Curator and Interpretive Manager Michelle Johnston drops by to chat about the growing educational opportunities being offered at Kronosaurus Korner, a working museum with nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond and the surrounding areas of northwestern Queensland. From public fossil digs to distance education, Michelle takes us through some of her learnings from her Churchill Fellowship in palaeobiology and remote palaeotourism.

"I hit the ground running; we had a dig occur within the first two weeks of me starting and it's been go, go, go ever since and I tell you... it's just magical".



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About Kronosaurus Korner

Fossil of a Kronosaurus behind glass, with a couple behind it

Ancient specimens up close!

Located in Richmond, QLD, Kronosaurus Korner aims to provide a place where local and regional fossils can be stored, conserved, researched, prepared and displayed. Kronosaurus Korner aims to educate the local community and public in general about all matters palaeontological.

The strength of the collection lies in Early Cretaceous, 100-115 million-year-old (Aptian–Albian) remains of marine reptiles, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, birds, fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods, gastropods, bivalves, echinoderms, plants and trace fossils. Many of the earlier fossils in the collection were donated by local graziers, often discovered whilst mustering cattle and working the land.  However, recently the collections have grown through the donation by guests and volunteers of amazing chance finds at the Free Fossil Hunting Sites associated with the museum.

More information

http://www.kronosauruskorner.com.au/

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