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New study reveals Neanderthals in southern Siberia began epic journey in eastern Europe.

Neanderthals made a 4000km trek from Europe to Siberia, the equivalent of walking from Sydney to Perth, according to new research by CABAH Director Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts. For a long time Neanderthals were seen as intellectual lightweights. However, several recent finds have forced a rethink of their cognitive and creative abilities. Read […]

Laureate Fellowship awarded to CABAH’s Lynette Russell

Congratulations to CABAH Deputy Director Lynette Russell, from Monash University, on her ARC Laureate Fellowship, announced in October 2019. The project will examine 1,000 years of dynamic encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea and will result in an innovative reconstruction of Australia’s role in global exploration, […]

SING conference celebrates unique collaboration

We were delighted to support the first SING Australia conference, which brought Indigenous researchers and academics from a range of disciplines together to learn from each other and to drive the future of genomics research. The Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING Australia) brought together scholars in Indigenous […]

Boost to CABAH early career researchers

Congratulations to CABAH’s Sam Lin, from the University of Wollongong and Zoë Thomas, from the University of New South Wales on their Discovery Early Career Researcher Award grants. Sam is investigating the evolution of the ‘hobbit’ and Zoë is studying past climates during key periods of change. Zoë’s research will investigate […]

Annual Symposium

Researchers and affiliates from across Australia, and overseas, came togehter at our annual symposium at Monash University in November 2019. “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues and hear about the breadth of research going on,” said CABAH Director ‘Bert’ Roberts. The team also had the opportunity to […]

Mungo Youth Project

CABAH researchers Nathan Jankowski from the University of Wollongong and Kelsie Long, from The Australian National University, introduced groups of school children to one of the country’s most significant archeological areas during the Mungo Youth Project in May 2019. Close to 250 primary and secondary students took part in the […]

World Science Festival Brisbane 2019

A wonderful celebration of vision, curiosity and brave new ideas, World Science Festival Brisbane 2019 comprised 214 performances of 134 events delivered by 268 participants, performers and activity providers across six geographic locations. CABAH Events When Science Meets Art: Shifting Perspectives on the Australian Landscape An insightful conversation, Shifting Perspectives […]

First Scientists

Two new exhibits exploring archaeological and Indigenous science knowledge systems have been installed at the Queensland Museum by CABAH’s Dr Britt Asmussen. The two display cases speak to archaeological and Indigenous science knowledge systems, and link strongly to CABAH’s E&E program, particularly in terms of audience engagement and curriculum links. […]

Highly cited researchers

CABAH researchers Professor Zenobia Jacobs, based at the University of Wollongong (UOW), and Professor Barry Brook, from the University of Tasmania, have been named in the 2019 list of Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers, a respected global list of the most influential researchers, based on citations in Web of Science. […]


Media Releases

People, climate, and water supply all played a role in the extinction of Australia’s megafauna
Retracing our ancient routes – modelling reveals First Australians arrived in large groups using complex technologies
Loss of habitat linked to climate change leaves koalas facing a very uncertain future
Loss of animal or plant species to climate change causes global ‘extinction domino effect’
Deliberate voyaging by boat to Australia more than 50,000 years ago
Researchers gather to unlock Australia’s environmental and human history


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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That's a lot of time cooking.

Australia’s first people ate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other plant foods, many of which would have taken considerable time and knowledge to prepare, according to analysis of charred plant remains from a site dating back to 65,000 years ago, by researchers including CABAH Associate Investigator Chris Clarkson.
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Have you ever seen a shield shrimp?

Triops australiensis, better known as shield shrimp, are crustaceans. They hatch from eggs that lie dormant in dust for years until rain fills the claypans they breed in.

They've been popping up across outback SA but can be found across Australia's inland areas.

Have you ever seen them wriggling around in pools of water in NSW?

📸: Arid Recovery/Melissa Jensen
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
This fascinating study reveals details of the relationships between sea temperatures, melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet and sea level rise around 130,000 years ago
... and what we learn about current and future impacts of climate change.


Well done Michael — we can't wait to see where this takes you and your research!

65,000-year-old plant remains show the earliest Australians spent plenty of time cooking

How's the view from your office?
Check out Prof Chris Turney looking down on the Patriot Hills Blue Ice Area, on the edge of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Read more about the research his team is doing there:
@Intrepid_Sci @ZoeAmberThomas

From the field to the lab.
CABAH and @UOW students have been learning this week about collecting and analysing lake sediment cores, which can be used to provide a window back thousands of years to help reconstruct past climates and landscapes.

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An Introduction to CABAH

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage brings together the best researchers investigating and telling Australia’s epic story.