ABOUT WAKALEO.NET

Wakaleo.net

Wakaleo.net was created by Dr Kenny Travouillon, a vertebrate palaeontologist, currently working at the University of Queensland.

The aim of Wakaleo.net is to provide news and faunal information about Riversleigh World Heritage Area. News will include stories about the latest or upcoming fieldwork, as well as the latest research published in scientific journals. Faunal information will include a list of Riversleigh species with descriptions of the animal such as diets and location.

The Wakaleo.net logo was designed by Katie Huang, based on an artwork by Lorraeme Shume.

Information on this website are compiled by palaeontologists, and artworks are drawn by palaeoartists.

About Riversleigh World Heritage Area

Riversleigh World Heritage Area

Riversleigh is located in north-west Queensland (18°59′-19°08’S, 138°34′-138°43’E), near Lawn Hill National Park. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1994 because of the rich fossil fauna that was recovered over the past 40 years.  Fossil fauna from the Riversleigh site have added to our understanding about Australia’s vertebrate diversity and evolution. Radiometric dates are on the verge of being published, but the current understanding of the Riversleigh site chronology is that most of the sites (over 300 of them) span a period from the late Oligocene to the late Miocene, and one site from the Pliocene and one from the Pleistocene.

Most of the fauna recovered are ancestral marsupial including moles, bandicoot, marsupial ‘lions’, koala, wombat, kangaroo and possums. Placental mammals are represented by bats and rodents only in the Pliocene and Pleistocene sites.  The current climate at Riversleigh is fairly arid but during the Miocene, Riversleigh was cool and wet, and was covered by rainforest.

Riversleigh fossil collection and research is lead by Prof Michael Archer and his team at the University of New South Wales. Further information can also be found on the CREATE website (see links page).