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Discover the diprotodon at Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park diprotodon dinosaur sign
Dinosaur fan Henry Klaer checks out the new diprotodpn sign at Alexandra Park.

Bundaberg children can put their palaeontologist hat on and dig for a diprotodon at Alexandra Park.

The diprotodon fossil is buried beneath the sand in the shade of the trees at Alexandra Park, and is just waiting for the next budding-young explorer to come along and dig it up.

Earlier this month Council erected a sign detailing the history on the diprotodon, which has also been known as a prehistoric giant wombat.

The diprotodon was a giant marsupial mammal named by palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen in 1838.

Sir Richard Owen was also the scientist who coined the word dinosaur.

Henry Klaer was excited to dig for the diprotodon when he visited Alexandra Park with his family from the Sunshine Coast.

Henry, 5, excitedly said that there was one type of dinosaur that caught his attention the most, but he did enjoy digging up the bones in Alexandra Park.

“My favourite dinosaur is tyrannosaurus rex and I have been to the Queensland Museum to see them!” he said.

“I love dinosaurs.”

Alexandra Park diprotodon dinosaur sign
Annie and Henry Klaer dig for the diprotodon at Alexandra Park.

Henry’s mum Annie Klaer said at first, they didn’t realise the diprotodon was buried beneath the sand and as both her sons had an interest in fossils it was a pleasant surprise.

“It’s a great learning opportunity for the kids,” Annie said.

“With enough dedication I’m sure Henry would dig up the whole fossil.”

The diprotodon was buried as part of a Works for Queensland Project that included installation of the fossil, the sand, a slide, the rope equipment and limestone blocks in Alexandra Park.