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Dinosaurs Down Under is Coming to Town

Roaring, moving dinosaur replicas, real Australian megafauna bones, international presenters, stories about Australian and Patagonian extinct beasts, lively public forums debating major events during the evolution of life on Earth, prizes and giveaways – “Dinosaurs Down Under”, a brand new travelling paleontological road show, will roll into West Wyalong on Monday, August 5.
Invited guest speaker paleontologist Marton Rabi from Hungary, together with scientist Dr Éva Papp and science educator Mr Phil Hore from Canberra, will be travelling about 2000 kilometres in two weeks with the roadshow.
Following discussions with Bland Shire Council, the Australian Dinosaur Museum has confirmed West Wyalong as one of just 10 stops on its tour of regional New South Wales and Victoria. Entry to the roadshow, which is being held in the West Wyalong High School MPU between 11am and 3pm, is free of charge.
The exhibition will move around the country in a truck carrying life-size dinosaur replicas and hundreds of smaller fossils. Many of the objects were donated to the Museum especially for the occasion. The scientists will be giving presentations and an opportunity for the public to ask questions about their research. Topics will include: how paleontologists learn about dinosaurs and their age, how fossils are found, discovered, prepared and preserved, how we estimate the lifestyle of dinosaurs, and there will be special talks on our very own Australian fossils.
Destinations this year include Cootamundra, West Wyalong, Griffith, Hay, Deniliquin, Echuca, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Lakes Entrance and Eden. Canberra will also be on the map with an opening and a closing event at the National Dinosaur Museum.
“Dinosaurs Down Under” will be launched at 10am on Saturday, August 3 and arrive in West Wyalong two days later.
The touring exhibition will also include a mini-exhibition: “The 100 years of the Canberra geologist”, with a display of historical geological tools such as a geological hammer, note books, an old compass, an old swag used by geologists, and an outfit of a typical geologist, reflecting on the person behind the scientific achievements that created modern Australia.
At the conclusion of each day, a Wollemi pine seedling will be donated to each hosting town and planted alongside a bronze memorial plaque. Wollemi Pine is a “living dinosaur” of the plant world, one of the world's oldest and rarest trees with a 200 million year long history. Wollemi pines lived side by side with Dinosaurs during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, for about 140 million years, silently witnessing their rise and extinction.
In the spirit of National Science Week, a Federal Government initiative, all programs will be free to the public, and nothing will be sold on the day.
More details are available on the National Science Week Events website at