Kaylene Butler is a vertebrate palaeontologist and PhD candidate in the School of Earth Sciences, at the University of Queensland. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology with first class honours.
Her early research involved determining whether mesowear analysis, a type of dental wear analysis, could be used to analyse the diet of herbivorous marsupials.
Kaylene currently studies extinct kangaroos from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area in northwestern Queensland. She aims to determine potential drivers of the extinction of a family of fanged kangaroos known as balbarids. By late Miocene the fanged kangaroos became extinct while the ancestors of modern kangaroos (macropodids) continued to diversify.
Her research involves describing new species of kangaroo from Riversleigh and analysing trends in the ecology of these extinct kangaroos. She recently described a new genus and two new species of 23 – 18 million year old kangaroos (Cookeroo bulwidarri and C. hortusensis).
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia