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.

CREATE is a University of New South Wales (UNSW) Foundation.

CREATE Objectives

  • To facilitate and conduct research projects relating to the evolution of Australia’s terrestrial environments, principally over the past 100 million years;
  • To serve as a networking hub, linking organisations such as universities, museums, fossil centres, community organisations and interested individuals;
  • To generate funds for research in this field through grants, sponsorship, donations and bequests;
  • To publicise and disseminate research results through journals, advice, and lectures, training courses and through the media.

Appropriate Support of Projects

To fund Palaentological and related geological research carried out for non profit purposes by:

  • Assisting Honours and Postgraduate students with the above research;
  • Contributing to the purchase of capital items and building works related to the above research;
  • Contributing to the cost of acquisition or any specimens or collections related to the above research.

Click here for more information about contributing to CREATE.

Latest news

CAVEPS 2015 logo Research showcased at CAVEPS 2015
20 September 2015
The 15th biennial Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) was held in Alice Springs on 1-5 September 2015.

Field team Riversleigh expedition 2015
01 August 2015
The 2015 expedition to Riversleigh produced some great results.

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.

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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.