Search results for "pliosaurs"

  • Pliosaur

    Pliosaurs were aquatic carnivorous reptiles, not dinosaurs, that lived between 220 and 70 million years ago. This pliosaur has not yet been named scientifically but may be a specimen of Yuzhoupliosaurus chengjiangensis.

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  • Pliosaur, Kronosaurus queenslandicus


  • 'Eric' the pliosaur time line


  • 'Eric' the opalised pliosaur


  • Skeleton of a small pliosaur: 'Eric'


  • 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.

  • Kronosaurus queenslandicus

    Kronosaurus queenslandicus, from the Early Cretaceous of Queensland, was the largest known pliosaurid. These huge marine carnivores plied the oceans and inland seas during the Mesozoic, using both pairs of limbs to 'fly' underwater. Kronosaurus would have hunted large fish, invertebrates such as giant squid and ammonites, and perhaps even other large reptiles like elasmosaurids and ichthyosaurs.

  • A National Treasure

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

  • Crowdfunding - what's possible?

    Veronica Mars, the Tesla Museum and Eric the pliosaur. Is crowdfunding the way of the future for museums?

  • Facelift for the Future

    Conservators, designers and historians prepare for the opening of 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum in the Westpac Long Gallery.

  • Explore Magazine – Winter 2018

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  • 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.

  • The Australian Museum Reveals The Nation’s Greatest Treasures In Restored Westpac Long Gallery

    October 13, 2017: The Australian Museum (AM) has unveiled one of the greatest collections of
    treasures in the nation’s history in a new permanent exhibition, 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum, in the
    restored Westpac Long Gallery.

  • Australian Museum Timeline

     The Australian Museum has undergone some turbulent times since it was established in 1827.