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

  • Miocene Fossils Reveal Ancient Roots for New Zealand's Endemic Mystacina (Chiroptera)and Its Rainforest Habitat by Sue Hand et al. in PLOS ONE.
  • New genus of primitive wombat (Vombatidae, Marsupialia) from Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area (Queensland, Australia) by Pip Brewer, Mike Archer, Sue Hand and Richard Abel in Palaeontologia Electronica.
  • Mammalian lineages and the biostratigraphy and biochronology of Cenozoic faunas from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia by Rick Arena et al. in Lethaia.
  • A New Species of the Basal "Kangaroo" Balbaroo and a Re-Evaluation of Stem Macropodiform Interrelationships by Karen Black, Kenny Travouillon, Wendy Den Boer, Ben Kear, Bernie Cooke and Mike Archer in PLOS ONE.
  • Developing a radiometrically-dated chronologic sequence for Neogene biotic
    change in Australia, from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of Queensland by Jon Woodhead et al. in Gondwana Research.

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.