Queensland Museum’s Project DIG is bringing new digital imaging tools to Queensland Museum allowing us to share more of our discoveries– no matter where you are in the world.
In 2016, Queensland Museum Palaeontologist Dr Scott Hocknull and his team of intrepid palaeontologists and volunteers discovered this fossil tibia (shin bone) of an extinct giant kangaroo during a dig at South Walker Creek near Mackay. Project DIG has been developed to help share exciting finds like these in 3D, allowing anyone from students, to researchers or academics to examine objects in detail – and even see what these magnificent megafauna would have looked like through 3D modelling.
All this from just one fossil – imagine the information and experiences we will be able to share as we continue this exciting work.

  • Queensland Museum palaeontologists and volunteers discovered the tibia in a creek bed.

  • The QM team take the fossil back to the museum for preparation.

  • Scott and his team CT scanned the tibia with the help of Greenslopes Private Hospital Queensland Xray to reveal its internal structures. Using this technology means that data can be gathered without damaging the fossil.

  • From the CT scan, the team created a 3D model – here you can see the two puncture marks made by a crocodile attack!

  • This species of giant kangaroo may have reached over 3m in height – but would have carried its joey in its pouch the same as the kangaroos we know today!