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Friends of Dinosaur Dreaming Brochure

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Become a friend of Dinosaur Dreaming

and support the excavations of dinosaur sites in Victoria.

Receive up-to-date information

on the exciting research being carried out by palaeontologists on the fossils being recovered from sites along the Bass Coast and the Otway Coast of Victoria

All subscriptions directly assist

the funding of annual Dinosaur Dreaming digs in Victoria and support the ongoing research program. This research is vital to the study of what Australia, and Victoria in particular, was like over 100 million years ago.

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is a joint project between

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Ausktribosphenos nyktos
(An Inverloch Cretaceous mammal)

Dinosaur Dreaming
is on the Web at:

Post your membership application and
payment to:

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Building 28, Monash University
Victoria 3800 Australia.

primesci email

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The Early Cretaceous Dinosaur Dreaming site was discovered in 1991 when more than 20 fossil bones were found in a conglomerate layer on the rocky shore platform near Inverloch on the Bass Coast of Victoria, south-east of Melbourne. Annual field trips to the Flat Rocks site began in 1994 and continued until 2013 - a total of 20 consecutive digs, making it the longest running dinosaur dig in Australia. The rock layer in which these fossils are buried was once the bed of an ancient river channel that flowed across the great rift valley between Australia and Antarctica.

Over 20 years of excavating resulted in the collection of more than 15,000 bones and teeth belonging to animals that lived in the river, such as turtles, plesiosaurs and fish, while others are the remains of those who roamed the floodplain, including dinosaurs, mammals, birds and pterosaurs. Over time the name Dinosaur Dreaming encompassed other fossil localities along the Bass Coast where the remains of ancient animals like giant amphibians and primitive horned dinosaurs were found.

In 2006 the Dinosaur Dreaming crew also began excavating at the site along the Otway Coast, south-west of Melbourne, where a partial dinosaur skeleton was found in 2005. The site, later called Eric the Red West, showed great potential and in 2014 it was decided to cease annual excavations at the Flat Rocks site near Inverloch and concentrate solely on the Eric the Red West site, near the Cape Otway lighthouse.

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Share the excitement!

One of the fascinations of palaeontology is that you never know what you are going to find. As a Friend of Dinosaur Dreaming, share the excitement of new discoveries.

There are three levels of membership: Individual, Family and Corporate. For details of Corporate membership, contact PrimeSci!

Individual and Family members will be invited to a special Friends Day at the dig, where you'll:

  • Take a guided tour of the site, accompanied by a Dinosaur Dreaming palaeontologist
  • See the Dinosaur Dreaming crew in action, excavating the site and discovering fossil bones
  • Talk to members of the crew about their experiences

Other Benefits

  • An invitation to a Friends afternoon at Museum Victoria where a leading palaeontologist will talk about the results of the field season.
  • A copy of the official field report, published about six months after the end of the field season.

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Membership Form

Annual Membership
I/We wish to join the Friends of Dinosaur Dreaming

  • Individual Member A$22*
  • Family/Household membership A$44* (2 adults + up to 4 children under 16)

*Includes GST

Friends of Dinosaur Dreaming accepts

  • EFT - visit Monash ecommerce site
  • Visa or Mastercard (phone +613 9905 1370),
  • cheques or International Money Orders drawn in Australian Dollars, made out to Monash University.

In all cases, please email us at primesci email including

  1. Your name
  2. payment method
  3. subject: "FODD"

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