AUSTRALIAN AGE OF DINOSAURS
Just about anyone can dig for fossils thanks to efforts of grazier David Elliott. David discovered a fossilised bone in 1999 mustering on his property, Belmont, near Winton, which was later identified as a partial femur from a huge sauropod. Inspired, David and his wife worked with the Winton community to ensure similar finds were safely preserved and as a result the Australian Age of Dinosaurs notfor-profit-organisation was formed, with the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum opening in 2009 on donated land. Volunteers and patrons of the museum threw the door wide open on local dinosaur excavations in Australia, producing a flood of specimens from the area around Winton. The whole view on the Cretaceous period’s fauna has changed drastically, all due to the enthusiasm and determination of one grazier and his wife.