Got a budding paleontologist on your hands who loves nothing more than a frolic among the fossils at the Queensland museum?

Then the Queensland Museum is a great place  to spend a day learning and having fun in an interactive environment.

Your little explorer can now take a little piece of Australian history home with them – just in time for Christmas!

The Queensland Museum Network called upon the public at the beginning of November to name the character for their new early children’s book Happy Birthday Muttaburrasaurus – and they received an overwhelming number of submissions from around the state.

The muttaburrasaurus, one of Australia’s most famous and beloved dinosaurs, has greeted young and old at the museum for decades – so the herbivore was a natural choice for their latest release.

After much deliberation, a panel of judges chose ‘Dougie’ over other popular names including Chomper and Herbie.

The suggestion from Sue Collins of Townsville honours her father Doug Langdon, the grazier who discovered the dinosaur on his Roseberry Downs property 50 years ago.

Happy Birthday Muttaburrasaurus, introducing the cute and playful Dougie, will be available for purchase from the museum shop and online in December.

Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland.

The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world – past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs

If you want to feed your little one’s love for learning, see our event guide for other upcoming Brisbane exhibits.

To learn more about Queensland Museum visit http://www.qm.qld.gov.au