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When did Australia’s human history begin?

In July, a new date was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a time revolution that has gripped the nation over the past half century. In the 1950s, it was widely believed that the first Australians had […]

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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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Deciphering the clues linking indigenous Australia and PNG

Any fan of adventure stories would relish in the epic tales of the hiri from Papua New Guinea, a history of entrepreneurship and exchange of skills, culture and building of relationships. Work is still being done to discover how the hiri story connects with the Torres Strait Islands and the […]

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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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Australia’s first thirsty travellers

The driest inhabited continent on the planet, Australia is a challenging land to traverse even with modern conveniences. Yet, Australia’s first people colonised much of the continent relatively quickly after their arrival. It stands to reason that water, the essence of life itself, had something to do with it. There […]

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Humans (not climate) wiped out Australia’s megafauna

During the period from 60,000 to 800 years ago, the world lost most of its big animals, or “megafauna”. The cause of this mass extinction is controversial, nowhere more so than in Australia. Australia’s megafauna consisted of an amazing variety of bizarre creatures including giant wallabies and kangaroos; great wombat-like beasts […]

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WILDLIFE

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

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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.

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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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