Gondwanan rainforests –a constantly evolving community?
Some 180 million years ago, the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana was covered in lush rainforest. As the lands split and the climate evolved, the continent of Australia developed unique ecosystems. Today, only around 1% of Australia is covered in rainforest. Yet it is home to more than half of Australia’s plant families and some of the world’s most ancient lineages. As we peak into the past, we learn extraordinary things about evolution, dispersion and potentially our future.
Our resident Senior Principal Research Scientist, Dr Maurizio Rossetto, has transformed the way we understand rainforest evolution through his research of the Australian rainforests.