Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant human and environmental history of Australia. We like to call it, Australia’s Epic Story.

Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past.

We are undertaking research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy.

#EPICAUSTRALIA

Extinction domino effect linked to climate change

Environmental changes increase the risk of an ‘extinction domino effect’ that could annihilate all life on Earth, according to new research. Researchers, including CABAH Chief Investigator Professor Corey Bradshaw, simulated 2,000 ‘virtual Earths’ linking animal and plant species. Using sophisticated modelling, they subjected the virtual Earths to catastrophic environmental changes, including runaway […]

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Mapping the journeys of Australia’s first people

A ‘treasure map’ of island locations has been developed to identify the stepping-stones Aboriginal people used to get to Australia. The mapping work undertaken by CABAH Associate Investigator Shimona Kealy from The Australian National University (ANU) plots the potential routes taken tens of thousands of years ago by Australia’s first […]

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Getting to the bottom of 200,000 years of history

ALMOST 20 metres of sediment from the bed of a Northern Territory lagoon with, the potential to unlock vital clues to our environment and human history, have been retrieved by CABAH researchers. Girraween Lagoon, near Darwin, is a significant Aboriginal site and gained a place in modern Australian popular culture […]

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Fifty years ago, at Lake Mungo, the true scale of Aboriginal Australians’ epic story was revealed

This month marks the golden jubilee of a watershed event in the history of this nation that should cause all Australians to pause and reflect. On July 15, 1968, while searching for clues to past climates and ancient landscapes on land under the joint care of Paakantyi/Barkindji, Ngiyampaa and Mutthi […]

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Using drones to study extensive Aboriginal stone-walled fishtraps in the Gulf of Carpentaria

CABAH researchers have used high-resolution close-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry and a suite of spatial information analytical techniques to investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal stone-walled intertidal fishtraps on Sweers Island in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Stone-walled intertidal fishtraps were built to control the movements of marine animals. They are […]

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How to get to Australia … more than 50,000 years ago

Over just the past few years, spectacular new archaeological findings have revealed the lives of early Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu potentially as early as 65,000 years ago, from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia by about 50,000 years ago and the Flinders Ranges of South […]

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The Hiri

Stories of adventure and entrepreneurship suggest indigenous Australia was not isolated With epic voyages into adulthood, risky encounters with head-hunters, innovative ship building, and countless generations of deep ritual, the story of Papua New Guinea’s hiri trading voyages reads like a swashbuckling adventure novel. Every page in this exciting story […]

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How Antarctic ice melt can be a tipping point for the whole planet’s climate

Melting of Antarctica’s ice can trigger rapid warming on the other side of the planet, according to our new research which details how just such an abrupt climate event happened 30,000 years ago, in which the North Atlantic region warmed dramatically. This idea of “tipping points” in Earth’s system has had something […]

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Rewriting History: Australia’s oldest known campsite

Archaeologists, working together with Mirrar Aboriginal people, are unlocking some extraordinary secrets from Australia’s oldest known campsite. Latest dating techniques have established a new minimum age for arrival of the first Australians at least 65,000 years ago. This suggests Aboriginal people and megafauna co-existed for 20,000 years or more. Perhaps […]

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant environmental history of Australia We like to call it Australia’s Epic Story. Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past. The ARC Centre of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) will undertake research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy. By tracking the natural and human history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, we will be able to fill vast gulfs of knowledge to help us protect our national assets. Opened at Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June 2017, the centre is funded by a $33.75 million grant from the Australian Research Council, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from participating universities, museums, and organisations. The funding will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre. CABAH will be at the forefront of discovery and education, inspiring Australian children to engage in science and connecting with the broader Australian and global community through a comprehensive outreach program. We will help build Australia’s research capacity by equipping future generations of researchers with a range of interdisciplinary skills, and implement initiatives to nurture the careers of Indigenous and female researchers. We’re building a impressive online resource to tell Australia’s Epic Story. Want to be kept up to date with our blockbuster discoveries? Like our page!
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CABAH researchers Kasih Norman and Alex Wall en route to the Indonesian island, Seram.

They are part of our Northern Gateway Flagship project, searching for clues to solve the puzzle of how people first reached Australia.
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A mother and baby potoroo spotted at South Australia's Cleland Wildlife Park enjoying a little snack in the sunshine. 💕

🎥: Cleland Wildlife Park | #abcmyvideo
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How cute is this? 🍓😍 A mother and baby potoroo spotted at South Australia's Cleland Wildlife Park enjoying a little snack in the sunshine. 💕 🎥: Cleland Wildlife Park | #abcmyvideo
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The Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world.

It is a story of survival, ingenuity, and awe-inspiring achievements over many years.

https://theconversation.com/australias-epic-story-a-tale-of-amazing-people-amazing-creatures-and-rising-seas-115701
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A rising number of students are choosing to study Indigenous Australian languages in their final years of high school.

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CABAH researchers Kasih Norman and Alex Wall en route to the Indonesian island, Seram.
They are part of our Northern Gateway Flagship project, searching for clues to solve the puzzle of how people first reached Australia.
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The Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world.

It is a story of survival, ingenuity, and awe-inspiring achievements over many years.

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Congratulations to Dr Ariana Lambrides on being awarded a Dean's Award for her 'Outstanding HDR Thesis' on sustained Sustained prehistoric exploitation of a Marshall Islands fishery @jcu @arc_gov_au https://t.co/FYmta8LX6l

Big shout out to the James Cook Uni crew who worked so hard to make our Street Science event such a success.
(L-R): Rainy Comley, Maria Rivera Araya, Cassandra Rowe & Mick Brand
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WILDLIFE

How has Australia’s wildlife responded to climate, landscape change and human impact over thousands of years?

[Image by Georgia Steytler]

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TIME

Time is fundamental to understanding the story of Australia’s natural and Indigenous history and heritage.

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People

Human history is written in the land. Delve into the lives of the first Australians, by looking back 60,000+ years, and ponder how our past informs our future.

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Landscapes

Australia is a land of ragged mountains and sweeping plains, shaped by droughts and flooding rains. How did the landscapes we see around us come to be and how have they changed?

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Climate

Reconstructing climate to better understand the drivers and impacts of past and future change.

[Image: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth]

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Models

Combining the diverse results from other themes, using statistical and computational methods to quantify uncertainty and model complex interactions.

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