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Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures and rising seas

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Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures and rising seas We have so much more to learn about Australia. Shutterstock/Lev SavitskiyMichael Bird, James Cook University; Alan Cooper, University of Adelaide; Chris Turney, UNSW; Darren Curnoe, UNSW; Lynette Russell, Monash University, and Sean Ulm, James Cook UniversityThe Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the world.It is a story of survival, ingenuity, and awe-inspiring achievements over many years.Shortly after the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, Australia was torn from the supercontinent of Gondwana by immense tectonic forces and began its long, lonely, journey north towards the equator.The lush temperate forests of Gondwana slowly disappeared as the Australian landmass pushed north, preserving a snapshot of faunal life from a much earlier evolutionary time. Read more: A new species of …