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In a remote corner of outback Australia, dinosaur bones are being unearthed

Upright in his blue cotton shirt, Stuart Mackenzie is mayor of nearby Quilpie Shire and an Australian farmer in the classic mold. It's his wife Robyn, however, wiry with an air of indomitable capability, who is driving the local search for dinosaurs and megafauna.

The Mackenzies live on a 121,406-hectare (300,000-acre) sheep and cattle property, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of the town of Eromanga, a dusty three-hour drive from Eulo. Digging for dinosaurs would have never crossed their minds if their then-14-year-old son Sandy hadn't brought home a mysterious hunk of bone he found while working on the farm in 2004.

The fragment, which fits snug in the palm of your hand, was different from the bleached cattle and kangaroo bones that litter the red dirt, so Sandy brought it to his father, who eventually took it to a museum in Brisbane.

It turns out it was part of a giant plant-eating dinosaur and 95 million years old. "It's one piece of bone that’s changed our lives," Robyn said, sitting in the corrugated steel field station that will eventually form a dinosaur museum in Eromanga.

The Mackenzies thought scientists would swamp them with calls after the discovery but the world of academia was mostly silent. However, the bones had woken something in Robyn and the pair chased funding and borrowed equipment from neighbours to take more fossils from the ground. Then in 2014, they started to build the Eromanga Natural History Museum.

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