Student steps back 70,000 years

A field excursion to the Wellington Caves in outback NSW was part of a step-back-in-time experience for Investigator College Year 11 student William Soper. As recipient […]

‘Giga-goose’ shows its face

After 128 years of exploration, fossil excavation and investigation, Flinders University researchers have finally uncovered the skull of Australia’s own giant and charismatic megafauna bird – […]

Giant kangaroos bounce back from the past

Palaeontologists from Flinders University have described three unusual new species of giant fossil kangaroo from Australia and New Guinea, finding them more diverse in shape, range […]

Rock-wallaby bite size ‘packs a punch’

Australian rock-wallabies are ‘little Napoleons’ when it comes to compensating for small size, packing much more punch into their bite than larger relatives. Researchers from Flinders […]

Big birds of prey rise again

Australia’s only vulture, and a fearsome extinct eagle, are among the earliest recorded birds of prey from the Pleistocene period more than 50,000 years ago – […]

Lessons from our ancient past

The extinction of species as diverse as flesh-eating kangaroos, tree-climbing crocodiles and gigantic venomous lizards are just a few examples of the extraordinary prehistoric history of […]

How climate changed tree-kangaroos

Tree-kangaroos today are found only in tropical forests of far northern Queensland and New Guinea, but new fossil research has revealed that giant tree-kangaroos were once […]

600m years of fossils in 3D

The new Virtual Australian Museum of Palaeontology (VAMP) offers free access to 600 million years of digital Australian fossils, from mysterious early lifeforms to gigantic extinct […]