Beneath the vast Nullarbor Plain exists a large number of caves, some of which are littered with the fossil bones of Australia’s unique megafauna that lived in our prehistoric past, including oversized kangaroos and wombats and ferocious marsupial lions.

From 8 August 2011, you will be able to peer into this historic world and follow the action of a real scientific field expedition as the WA Museum streams onto its website video footage, interviews and blogs from the Nullarbor.

As well as capturing this unique footage and providing glimpses into the work of scientists, the expedition team, consisting of a documentary director, palaeontologist and a gaming expert, are undertaking the trip as the first step in the creation of an electronic game and transmedia world.

The team will capture live footage and create a 3D scan of a cave to develop a game, video content, and an online experience that will put people in the role of palaeontologists investigating the life of Australia’s megafauna.

The August 2011 expedition to the Nullarbor caves is a collaborative effort between the Western Australian Museum and the Flinders University.

 

 

 

 

Visit the project website

  • Explore the caves of the Nullarbor as discoveries are streamed on the website as they are made. 
  • Learn about the remarkable caves of the Nullarbor.
  • Discover the fascinating creatures found within the Nullarbor caves.

Cave: Searching for Australia's Forgotten Beasts

Dr Gavin Prideaux, Flinders University

Dr Gavin Prideaux is the palaeontologist in charge of the Nullarbor fossil expedition. 

His philosophy is that a person should not die wondering – in his case, about what caused the extinction of Australia’s megafauna. 

Gavin received his PhD from Flinders University in 1999 with a thesis focused on the evolution of the extinct short-faced kangaroos, which originated around 10 million years ago and were widespread across Australia until around 40 thousand years ago.

Over the past decade and a half, he has spent many months excavating fossil bones from caves across southern Australia and ancient lake-beds in central Australia, or poring over the contents of museum drawers across the world.

He has now taken his paleontology knowledge and excavation skills to the heart of the Nullabor Plain where he will employ the latest scanning and detection technology to unlock the secrets of the plain’s past.

Read his blog from the field...

 

 

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