Research website of Dr Gilbert Price

What happened to Australia’s Ice Age megafauna: The public perception

Huge land turtles, 8-foot tall kangaroos, massive cold-blooded killer goannas… these are but a few… [more]

What happened to Australia’s Ice Age megafauna: The public perception What happened to Australia’s Ice Age megafauna: The public perception

The Ice Age Lizards of Oz

There’s an old joke in reference to the wildlife in Australia that “everything is trying to kill… [more]

The Ice Age Lizards of Oz The Ice Age Lizards of Oz

The hammer that shaped a university

Nearly every profession has its own iconic piece of equipment. Doctors check vital signs with stethoscopes;… [more]

The hammer that shaped a university The hammer that shaped a university

How to explain everything

When I’m not doing research, I coordinate a second year Science course at uni, ERTH2002 Palaeobiology.… [more]

How to explain everything How to explain everything

Live from the dig- Day 3

Our final day in the field kicked off with the same great weather that had made the past couple of days… [more]

Live from the dig- Day 3 Live from the dig- Day 3

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What happened to Australia’s Ice Age megafauna: The public perception

Huge land turtles, 8-foot tall kangaroos, massive cold-blooded killer goannas… these are but a few of the giant animals that once roamed Australia during the Quaternary: the period of geological time that we often refer to as the ‘Ice Ages’. But what happened to these megafauna? When did they go extinct and why? It’s a research area that I am most fascinated by. And talking to others, it’s definitely something that inspires a lot of discussion and debate. I mean, who doesn’t love a good … [Read More...]

The Ice Age Lizards of Oz

There’s an old joke in reference to the wildlife in Australia that “everything is trying to kill you”. While that might be a fun way to scare tourists, there is no joking about the murderous killer lizards of the last Ice Age. In fact, we have just uncovered the first fossils to show that those huge lizards were still stalking the bush when the indigenous people migrated from South-East Asia to the Australian continent. Imagine being one of those first human inhabitants of Australia. It’s … [Read More...]

The hammer that shaped a university

Nearly every profession has its own iconic piece of equipment. Doctors check vital signs with stethoscopes; photographers capture images with cameras; and chefs dice ingredients with knives. But if you’re an earth scientist, that critical go-to piece of gear is almost always the trusty rock hammer. Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption sought solace in his hammer. Not just as a means of breaking out of jail, but to keep him sane, especially as he spent his days shaping and carving lumps … [Read More...]

How to explain everything

When I’m not doing research, I coordinate a second year Science course at uni, ERTH2002 Palaeobiology. It’s essentially a course where we take the students on a journey through the 4.6 billion year history of life on Planet Earth. One of the things that I’m really keen on is making the class really engaging and hands-on. After all, life is pretty amazing as it is, but throwing a bunch of fossils into the mix can really spice things up. Each of the prac classes are taught with real fossils and … [Read More...]

Live from the dig- Day 3

Our final day in the field kicked off with the same great weather that had made the past couple of days so wonderful. It’s just such a good time for field work. We only had a short day in front of us as we had to get back to Brisbane by the late afternoon, so we all got up and made our way down to the fossil site bright and early. Our first task of the day was to plaster jacket some of the larger specimens that the team had partially excavated on Day 2. The fossils included a wonderful … [Read More...]

Live from the dig- Day 2

WOW!!! What an awesome day! It started so well. We woke at dawn to some absolutely spectacular weather. The temperature was perfect for digging, and a faint, but crisp, breeze was gently blowing. As it turned out, it was a pretty good omen. We got to the dig site early and continued on from our work the previous day. Kyle excavated an enormous kangaroo femur that he had found yesterday. Nick stumbled across the lower jaw of a giant wombat-like marsupial, Euryzygoma. It had no teeth, but … [Read More...]

Live from the dig- Day 1

The best times that you can hope for at work are those days when you don’t have to actually go to work! And that’s what happened to me today. Only a few weeks in the planning, my crew and I left this morning for a fossil dig at an awesome Pliocene (3.5 million year old) fossil site near Chinchilla on the Darling Downs, around three hours drive west of Brisbane. Our goal of the trip: to have a scout around the area, keeping an eye out for fossils of the ancestors of our modern vertebrate … [Read More...]

Getting down underground in search of Ice Age megafauna

People often ask me what is involved in my fieldwork. It’s always pretty fun to describe the kinds of places that I get to go and to reflect on the type of work that I do. From working along crocodile-infested rivers in search of fossils eroding out of ancient creek banks, to checking out old excavated dams in the backs of farmer’s paddocks, fieldwork is pretty amazing and there’s nothing else quite like it. One of the things that people seem to get a bit squeamish about, is the caving side … [Read More...]

Tall Poppy Awards

One of the things that I really enjoy about my work is telling people about it! I mean, who doesn’t love a good yarn about an Ice Age cold case featuring some of the coolest, biggest and meanest beasts that ever walked the planet! It’s an easy sell too- most people know a little about dinosaurs, but when you tell them that there were giant wombats, massive kangaroos, and marsupial lions living alongside Australia’s earliest peoples… well, their jaws just drop! I was recently invited to attend … [Read More...]