Welcome to the Coalition for Research into the Evolution of Australian Terrestrial Ecosystems (CREATE)

The Coalition for Research into the Evolution of Australian Ecosystems (CREATE) is a University of New South Wales (UNSW) Foundation.

The CREATE fund has been established to provide a focus for studies into the evolution of Australia’s Ecosystems, concentrating on the last 100 million years.

The main emphasis is on the lessons that can be learned from the past and how these can provide an understanding of the present and the key to our future.

As such it will have strong links to the Future of Australia’s Threatened Ecosystems (FATE) research/teaching collaboration at the University of New South Wales.

The objectives of CREATE include facilitating research, networking within the research community, generating research funds and communication of research outcomes to the wider public. Funds are available to support research students and contribute to research related costs, including acquisition of specimens or collections.

Click here to find out more about CREATE.

Recent publications relating to CREATE projects

  • Earliest modern bandicoot and bilby (Marsupialia, Peramelidae and Thylacomyidae) from the Miocene of the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland, Australia by Kenny Travouillon, Sue Hand, Mike Archer and Karen Black in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
  • New specimens of the logrunner Orthonyx kaldowinyeri (Passeriformes: Orthonychidae) from the Oligo-Miocene of Australia by Jacquie Nguyen, Walter Boles, Trevor Worthy, Sue Hand and Mike Archer in Alcheringa.
  • Three new Miocene species of musky rat-kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodoidea): description, phylogenetics and paleoecology by Hayley Bates Kenny Travouillon, Bernie Cooke, Robin Beck, Sue Hand and Mike Archer in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Latest news

Bilby Palaeontologists unearth rare 15-million-year-old bilby
21 March 2014
An ancient fossil of the bilby, Australia's answer to the Easter rabbit, has been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage site in north west Queensland.

Giant platypus Giant toothed platypus
05 November 2013
An extinct species of huge, carnivorous platypus about a metre long the largest platypus ever found has been discovered in the famous Riversleigh World Heritage Area of Queensland.

Riversleigh landscape (credit: Rick Arena) "New Riversleigh" fossil site
05 August 2013
A major new fossil site - dubbed New Riversleigh - has been discovered by UNSW scientists beyond the boundaries of the famous Riversleigh World Heritage area in north-western Queensland.

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Main research program: Cape York amber

Fragments of precious amber found on the remote beaches of Cape York contain the remains of plants and tiny animals millions of years old.


Excavation at Riversleigh

Main research program: Riversleigh

The rocks at Riversleigh are rich in well-preserved fossil remains of the ancestors of the modern Australian fauna and entirely new kinds of animals previously unknown to science.



Main research program: Lightning Ridge

Deposits at Lightning Ridge in northern New South Wales yield some of the rarest, most beautiful and valuable fossils in the world.



Help support Australian palaeontological research

The CREATE fund has been established to facilitate and conduct research into our past. Individuals can help through donations.