Flinders Uni Gallery
Find out about how scientists use the fossils to unravel the past in the Flinders University Gallery, a fascinating showcase of the different methods used to research the ancient history of the caves.
The Gallery is the result of collaborative research between various universities into dating fossils and reconstructing past climates. Three areas of science have come together to create the Gallery:
- Taphonomy shows how forensic studies determine the cause of death of the ancient animals and estimate how representative each death assemblage is of the ancient community.
- Comparative anatomy illustrates approaches used in reconstructing skeletons of the extinct animals, rebuilding their musculature and determining their feeding habits and locomotion.
- Paleoclimatology illustrates the history of ice ages and global climate change and their impact on the Australian biota and landscapes.
You can see all this information on interactive touch screens in the Gallery. Children and adults alike can enjoy learning about the dating of fossils and the reconstruction of the creatures and climates of the past.