From historic dinosaurs to extinct flora, Queenslanders have been requested to fossick among the many fossils to select a brand new state emblem.
Twelve fossils have been shortlisted by the state authorities, with the most well-liked to be added to Queensland’s 9 official emblems.
The resolution follows a petition created by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum in Winton in outback Queensland, which steered the fossil of Diamantinasaurus matildae, a heavily-built titanosaur, be made the official state fossil.
That fossil is among the 12 Queenslanders can vote for, alongside others together with the Kronosaurus queenslandicus, Muttaburrasaurus landoni, and the oldest recognized crocodile, Isisfordia duncani.
The shortlist was created with suggestions from museums, tourism organisations and councils.
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe mentioned every of the fossils represented Queensland’s pure historical past.
“Many of the southern hemisphere’s best dinosaur finds are in outback Queensland,” he mentioned.
Queenslanders had beforehand chosen 9 state emblems, together with the koala and the Cooktown orchid, Mr Hinchliffe mentioned.
“From land-based dinosaurs and sea predators to crocodiles and ancient fauna and flora, we’re now asking Queenslanders to have their say on the fossil that best represents the state’s prehistoric age.”