Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre

1 Jan 2013

University of Queensland research is helping to the put the small western-Queensland town of Isisford on the fossil map.

On 14 July 2006, the Governor of Queensland, Quentin Bryce, officially opened the Outer Barcoo Interpretation Centre in Isisford. The $1.34 million centre includes a prominent display on Isisfordia duncani, along with the research that Dr Salisbury and his team have been conducting in the Isisford district since 2001. 

Discovered by former Deputy Mayor of Isisford, Ian Duncan, after whom the new species has been named, the first fossils of Isisfordia were found in the mid-1990s in a dried-up creek bed on the outskirts of town.

Initial preparation of the fossils was undertaken at the Queensland Museum, with the remainder of the work being completed in Dr Salisbury's Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory at UQ from 2003 onwards, through funding provided by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Scheme and Isisford Shire Council.  

The Queensland Museum, Land Rover Australia and Winton Shire Council provided additional financial and in-kind support for the research.