Unearthing ancient mysteries

Unearthing ancient mysteries

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Help our scientists protect Queensland’s fragile ecosystems and threatened species by unlocking secrets from our past.

More than a decade of work at South Walker Creek in central Queensland has yielded some extraordinary underground discoveries, allowing our scientists to create a detailed picture of what the environment looked like 40,000 years ago when megafauna reigned supreme.

Megafauna are giant animals that were closely related to the living species of animals we see today, and Australia has its own unique megafauna ranging from huge marsupials to giant lizards.

New research led by Queensland Museum Network palaeontologists has revealed that megafauna became extinct due to extreme environmental change.

With your help, we can continue to unearth fossils and use our knowledge of the ancient past to aid today’s climate change challenges.

Help our scientists protect Queensland’s fragile ecosystems and threatened species by unlocking secrets from our past.

More than a decade of work at South Walker Creek in central Queensland has yielded some extraordinary underground discoveries, allowing our scientists to create a detailed picture of what the environment looked like 40,000 years ago when megafauna reigned supreme.

Megafauna are giant animals that were closely related to the living species of animals we see today, and Australia has its own unique megafauna ranging from huge marsupials to giant lizards.

New research led by Queensland Museum Network palaeontologists has revealed that megafauna became extinct due to extreme environmental change.

With your help, we can continue to unearth fossils and use our knowledge of the ancient past to aid today’s climate change challenges.