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Queensland’s State Fossil Emblem – the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni

19 January 2023

Queensland is home to more than 5 million people and also home to many fossils of long-lost creatures that lived hundreds of millions of years ago.

In prehistoric times, Outback Queensland was alive with marine animals that swam in our ancient inland seas, and creatures that roamed our vast landscapes.

With so many fossils uncovered in our ancient past, we're excited to announce the State's favourite fossil, as nominated by Queenslanders.

The Muttaburrasaurus langdoni has been chosen as Queensland's fossil emblem.

The Muttaburrasaurus, also known as the Big-nosed dinosaur, lived during the Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago.

The fossil remains of the Muttaburrasaurus were found in Muttaburra, Central Queensland, where the Traditional Owners are the Iningai people and Banjara people. A local grazier, Doug Langdon discovered the fossil bones while mustering cattle in 1963.

Did you know that Queensland already has nine official State flags, emblems, and icons? They help unite people and embody pride, patriotism and passion in our towns, cities, and State.

More information is available from fossilemblem@premiers.qld.gov.au.