Connecting Australia to the World


Australasian Palaeontologists has joined with the 'National Species List' initiative to produce the first complete 'Fossil National Species List'.

Project Summary

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a project funded under the Commonwealth Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The aim of the project is to build online tools to access and analyse the immense amount of data on Australia’s biodiversity via a single access point. Much of this information has not previously been available to the public.


National Species Lists

The Australian National Species Lists is a flagship project of the ALA. It is a joint project between a number of Australian museums and herbaria, universities, CSIRO, and the Australian Government. The National Species Lists will compile all existing names for Australian biota (including linking of names that are synonyms) as an essential support for ALA tools for mapping and modelling species distributions.


Get Involved!

We are looking for specialists in the various taxonomic groups to volunteer their time to help collate these lists. This will help researchers in the future and also allow the 'Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)' to upload palaeontological data.



Australasian Palaeontologists will be managing the Australian data for the New and Old World (NOW) Database. It is a Fossil Mammal Database available freely online. We are looking for Mammal specialists to join our team and contribute to the database.


Project Summary

The NOW (New and Old Worlds) fossil mammal database contains information about Cenozoic land mammal taxa and localities. The emphasis of the database has been on the European Miocene and Pliocene but North American localities, covering the whole Cenozoic, were added to the public database in 2016. African localities are currently being added and updated, and the temporal scale is also becoming wider for both Eurasia and Africa, with Pleistocene and Paleogene localities being added into the database. The NOW database is maintained and coordinated by Indrė Žliobaitė in collaboration with associate coordinators, a steering group and an international advisory board. For more information, click here!


How to Contribute

We are looking for contributors to compile the data for Australasian bats, rodents, and marine mammals and to help collate the data for marsupials. Please contact us if you wish to contribute.


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