Search results for "Coober Pedy"

  • Umoonasaurus demoscyllus

    Pliosaurs are actually aquatic carnivorous reptiles, not dinosaurs. 'Eric' was a small, short-necked pliosaur and and was discovered by an opal miner in Coober Pedy in 1987. 'Eric' is one of the most complete opalised vertebrates known and became part of the fossil collection of the Australian Museum in 1993 after money to purchase the specimen was raised by the schoolchildren of Australia (with the help of Akubra Hats). 'Eric' is currently on display at the Australian Museum.

  • Skeleton of a small pliosaur: 'Eric'


  • Australian Museum Palaeontology Collection

    Palaeontology is the study of fossils. Fossils are the remains or traces of prehistoric living things. Fossils are preserved in substances such as sediments, coal, tar, oil, amber or volcanic ash, or frozen in ice or naturally mummified.

  • 2013 NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research

    The dingo: from sinner to saviour.

  • A National Treasure

    How 'Eric' the opalised pliosaur made his way into the Australian Museum hall of fame. 

  • Opal

    Facts and where to find Opal