fossils

Luke Steller teaching students how to find fossils

As Perseverance prepares to launch for Mars, two UNSW PhD students look back on a field trip that gave Indigenous high school students a behind-the-scenes look at the rover’s upcoming mission.

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A giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a new family to accommodate it.

Mountain pygmy possums

Palaeontologists look to the fossil record to come up with a new strategy to save the endangered mountain pygmy-possum from becoming a climate change casualty.

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Fossil remains of a new pigeon species which was related to the extinct dodo and lived 16-19 million years ago, before becoming extinct in a period of global cooling, have been unearthed in New Zealand

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The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW-led international team of scientists.

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The discovery of a new species of marsupial lion in north-west Queensland provides important insight into what habitats were like in the past, writes Anna Gillespie.

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The fossil remains of a new species of tiny marsupial lion that prowled the lush rainforests of northern Australia about 18 million years ago have been unearthed in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area.

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A new species of extinct flesh-eating marsupial that terrorised Australia’s drying forests about five million years ago has been identified from a fossil discovered in remote north-western Queensland.

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An ancient bat species has been discovered in New Zealand by UNSW palaeontologists, suggesting its descendants have been present in the country for at least 16 million years. 

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Preserved giant sperm from tiny shrimps that lived at least 17 million years ago have been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site by a team including UNSW researchers.

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