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Tim Ziegler is a Collection Manager and Vertebrate Palaeontology at Melbourne Museum.

Tim preserves Victoria's fossil collections of backboned animals, plants, and microfossils, which includes nearly 250,000 specimens. This includes dinosaurs, giant marsupials, amber from tree sap, and ancient sharks and whales. Tim is my guest this morning to discuss, why is Melbourne Museum the Home of Dinosaurs with the biggest museum-based paleo department in Australia plus much more.

He organises and improves the digital collection database and facilitates access for visiting rese

archers. Tim also prepare fossils by removing surrounding rock with hand tools, air-powered drills and acid.

Tim has a research interest in traces left behind on fossil bones, such as bite marks, weathering, and geochemical changes. The study of this evidence is known as taphonomy, and tells us about past environments and the way an animal lived and died.

A visit to Melbourne Museum is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. They show you Victoria's intriguing permanent collections and bring you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. You'll see our natural environment, our cultures and our history through different perspectives.

We left our old home in the State Library Building in 1997, and into a building located in Carlton Gardens that was designed by Denton Corker Marshall.

The new Melbourne Museum reopened on 21 October 2000.

Inside, you'll find:

• the Forest Gallery, the living heart of the museum and home to tall trees and wondrous wildlife

• the Science and Life Gallery at the west end, where you'll find bugs, dinosaurs, fossils, animals, human biology and more

• the Melbourne Gallery at the east end, which tells the story of our beloved city and is the stable of famous racehorse Phar Lap

• Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a place imbued with the living traditions and knowledge of Koorie people and other cultures from around Australia

• Te Pasifika Gallery, a bright soaring space filled with treasures from the Pacific Islands

• the Children's Gallery packed with things for little kids to see and do

• the Touring Hall, where we display major exhibitions from around the world

• 3D documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters on the giant IMAX Melbourne screen

• The museum's café, shop and theatre


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