Kronosaurus Korner holds in its collections nearly 1,150 unique fossil specimens from Richmond and the surrounding areas of northwestern Queensland. 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.
The goal of Kronosaurus Korners palaeontology collection is to store and display fossils from the local area. This is to safeguard the unique geological heritage of the area in addition to educating the public about all matters palaeontological. Because of the collections size, only approximately 20% of its specimens are on display in the galleries. The specimens that are on display often represent the best examples of their species in Australia. The primary function of a museum’s collections, however, is largely scientific. This means that many of the specimens are kept behind-the-scene for research by museum staff, visiting academics, students and volunteers.
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