Was there an unusual environment with equally remarkable inhabitants in Early Cretaceous southeast Australia?

  • Rich, Patricia (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Flannery, Timothy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rich, Tom, (Chief Investigator (CI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    After more than two decades of effort, there is strong evidence that Early Cretaceous southeastern Australia was inhabited by a remarkably diverse polar terrestrial vertebrate fauna adapted to the coldest environment known to have existed anywhere in the late Mesozoic. In this unusual terrestrial habitat for that time, temnospondyl amphibians and allosaurid dinosaurs survived long after becoming extinct elsewhere. Here, too, are found what may be the oldest known and yet remarkably advanced placental mammals, the group to which we belong. To further corroborate or refute these hypotheses, some of which are highly contentious, is the aim of this project.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0231/12/06

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD554,000.00