Kenny Travouillon

Curator of Mammalogy (Mammals)

Terrestrial Zoology

BSc (Hons), PhD

Mammal Curator Kenny Travouillon


(08) 9212 3788


  • Marsupial evolution, palaeontology and systematics.
  • Taxonomy of peramelemorphians (bandicoots and bilbies) and macropods (kangaroos and allies).
  • Past and present distribution of marsupials.


  • Researches taxonomy of mammals through the collections.
  • Develops collections through targeted fieldwork and collaborations.


Exhibitions and Public Programs

  • Provides IDs and advice for the public, consultants and government.
  • Regularly presents talks and provides media coverage of work in Mammalogy section.

Selected Publications


Butler, K., Travouillon, K. J., Price, G. J., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J. 2018. Revision of Oligo-Miocene kangaroos, Ganawamaya and Nambaroo (Marsupialia: Macropodiformes, Balbaridae). Palaeontologia Electronica 21.1.8A 1-58.

Travouillon, K.J. & Phillips, M.J. 2018. Total evidence analysis of the phylogenetic relationships of bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia): reassessment of two species and description of a new species. Zootaxa 4378:224-256.


Butler, K., Travouillon, K.J., Price, G.J., Archer, M. and Hand, S.J., 2017. Species abundance, richness and body size evolution of kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodiformes) throughout the Oligo-Miocene of Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 487:25-36.

Faith, J.T., Dortch, J., Jones, C., Shulmeister, J. and Travouillon, K.J., 2017. Large mammal species richness and late Quaternary precipitation change in southwestern Australia.  Journal of Quaternary Science 32:760-769. DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2888

Travouillon, K.J., Louys, J., Price, G.J., Archer, M., Hand, S.J., and Muirhead, J., 2017. A review of the Pliocene bandicoots of Australia, and descriptions of new genus and species. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37(5):e1360894.


Archer, M., Christmas, O., Hand, S.J, Black, K.H., Creaser, P., Godthelp, H., Graham, I., Cohen, D., Arena, D.A., Anderson, C., Soares, G., Machin, N., Beck, R.M.D., Wilson, L.A.B., Myers, T.J., Gillespie, A.K., Khoo, B., and Travouillon, K.J., 2016. Earliest known record of a hypercarnivorous dasyurid (Marsupialia), from newly discovered carbonates beyond the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, north Queensland. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 74:137-150.

Chamberlain, P. M., Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2016. Kutjamarcoot brevirostrum gen. et sp. nov., a new short-snouted, early Miocene bandicoot (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia) from the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna (Wipajiri Formation) in South Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 40:197-206DOI:10.1080/03115518.2016.1103525.

Butler, K., Travouillon, K.J., Price, G.J., Archer, M. & Hand, S.J. 2016. Cookeroo, a new genus of fossil kangaroos (Marsupialia, Macropodidae) from the Oligo-Miocene of Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36:e1083029. doi: 10.1080/02724634.2016.1083029.

Janis, C.M., Damuth, J., Travouillon, K.J., Figueirido, B., Hand, S. J., and Archer, M., 2016. Palaeoecology of Oligo-Miocene macropodoids determined from craniodental and calcaneal data. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 74:209-232.

Kelly, E., Travouillon, K.J., Keleher, J., Gibson-Kueh, S. and Morgan, D.L., 2016. Mammal predation by an ariid catfish in a dryland river of WesternAustralia. Journal of Arid Environments 135:9-11.

Travouillon, K.J., 2016. Investigating dental variation in Perameles nasuta Geoffroy, 1804, with morphological evidence to raise P. nasuta pallescens Thomas, 1923 to species rank. Zootaxa 4114:351-392.

Travouillon, K.J., 2016. Oldest fossil remains of the enigmatic Pig-footed Bandicoot show rapid herbivorous evolution. Royal Society Open Science 3:160089.

Travouillon, K.J., Butler, K., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2016. New material of Gumardee pascuali Flannery et al., 1983 (Marsupialia: Macropodiformes) and two new species from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 74:189-207.

Travouillon, K. J. and Cooke, B. 2016. Kangaroos and Wallabies. In: Cook, A. & Rozefelds, A. (Eds), In Search of Ancient Queensland. A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide. Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia, 226–227.

Warburton, N.M. and Travouillon, K.J., 2016. The biology and taxonomy of the Peramelemorphia: a review of current knowledge and future research directions. Australian Journal of Zoology 64:51-181.


Cooke, B. N., Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2015. Ganguroo robustiter sp. nov. (Macropodoidea, Marsupialia), a middle to early late Miocene basal macropodid from Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2015.956879

Arena, D. A., Travouillon, K.J., Beck, R.M.D., Black, K.H., Gillespie, A. K., Myers, T. J., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2015. Mammalian lineages and the biostratigraphy and biochronology of Cenozoic faunas from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia. Lethaia 49:43-60. DOI: 10.1111/let.12131

Travouillon, K. J., Archer, M., Hand, S. J. and Muirhead, J., 2015. Sexually dimorphic bandicoots (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia) from the Oligo-Miocene of Australia, first cranial ontogeny for fossil bandicoots and new species descriptions. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22:141-167.

Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2015. Revision of Wabularoo, an early macropodid kangaroo, from mid-Cenozoic deposits of the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Queensland, Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 39:274-286.


Black, K. H., Travouillon, K. J., Den Boer, W., Kear, B. P., Cooke, B. N. and Archer, M., 2014. A new species of the basal “kangaroo” Balbaroo and a re-evaluation of stem macropodiform interrelationships. PLoS ONE 9(11):e112705. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112705.

Butler, K., Louys, J. and Travouillon, K. J., 2014. Extending dental mesowear analyses to Australian marsupials, with applications to six Plio-Pleistocene kangaroos from southeast Queensland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 408:11-25.

Beck, R. M. D., Travouillon, K. J., Aplin, K. P., Godthelp, H., and Archer, M., 2014. The osteology and systematics of the enigmatic Australian Oligo-Miocene metatherian Yalkaparidon (Yalkaparidontidae; Yalkaparidontia; ?Australidelphia; Marsupialia). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21:127-172.

Travouillon, K.J., Cooke, B., Archer, M., and Hand, S. J., 2014. Revision of basal macropodids from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area with descriptions of new material of Ganguroo bilamina Cooke, 1997 and a new species. Palaeontologia Electronica 17.1:20A.

Bates, H., Travouillon, K.J., Cooke, B., Beck, R. M. D., Hand, S. J., and Archer, M., 2014. Three new Miocene species of musky rat kangaroos (Hypsiprymnodontidae, Macropodoidea): description, phylogenetics and palaeoecology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:383-396.

Travouillon, K.J., Hand, S. J., Archer, M., and Black, K. H., 2014. Earliest modern bandicoot and bilby (Marsupialia, Peramelidae and Thylacomyidae) from the Miocene of the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34:375-382.

Gurovich, Y., Travouillon, K.J., Beck, R.M.D., Muirhead, J. and Archer, M., 2014. Biogeographical implications of a new mouse-sized fossil bandicoot (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia) occupying a dasyurid-like ecological niche across Australia. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 12:265–290.


Travouillon, K.J., Beck, R.M.D., Hand, S. J. and Archer, M., 2013. The oldest fossil record of bandicoots (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) from the late Oligocene of Australia. Palaeontologia Electronica 16.2:13A.

Travouillon, K.J., Gurovich, Y., Archer, M., Hand, S. J.  and Muirhead, J., 2013. The genus Galadi: three new bandicoots (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) from Riversleigh’s Miocene deposits, north-western Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33:153–168.


Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., and Hand, S.J., 2012. Comment on ‘Early to Middle Miocene monsoon climate in Australia’. Geology 40:e273.


Nguyen, J.M.T., Molak, M., Black, K.H., Fitzgerald, E.M.G., Travouillon, K.J. and Ho, S.Y.W, 2011. Vertebrate palaeontology of Australasia into the twenty-first century. Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0549.

Travouillon, K.J., Escarguel, G., Legendre, S., Archer, M., and Hand, S.J., 2011. The use of MSR (Minimum Sample Richness) for fossil fauna comparisons. Palaeobiology 37:696–70.


Travouillon, K.J., Gurovich, Y., Beck, R.M.D., and Muirhead, J., 2010. An exceptionally well-preserved short-snouted Bandicoot (Marsupialia; Peramelemorphia) from Riversleigh’s Oligo-Miocene depostis, northwestern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30:1528-1546.


Louys, J., Travouillon, K. J., Bassarova, M., Tong, H., 2009. The use of natural protected areas in palaeoecological analyses: assumptions, limitations and application. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:2274-2288.

Travouillon, K.J., Legendre, S., Archer, M., and Hand, S.J., 2009. Palaeoecological Analyses of Riversleigh’s Oligo-Miocene Sites: Implications for Oligo-Miocene climate change in Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology,Palaeoecology 276:24–37.

Travouillon, K.J. and Legendre, S., 2009. Using cenograms to investigate gaps in mammalian body mass distributions in Australian mammals. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology,Palaeoecology 272:69–84.


Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., Legendre, S., and Hand, S.J., 2007. Finding the Minimum Sample Richness (MSR) for multivariate analyses: implications for palaeoecology. Historical Biology 19:315-320.


Travouillon, K.J., Archer, M., Hand, S.J. and Godthelp, H., 2006. Multivariate analyses of Cenozoic mammalian faunas from Riversleigh, north-western Queensland. Alcheringa Special Issue 1:323-349.

Archer, M., Arena, D. A., Bassarova, M., Beck, R., Black, K., Boles, W.E., Brewer, P., Cooke, B.N., Crosby, K., Gillespie, A., Godthelp, H., Hand, S.J., Kear, B., Louys, J, Morrell, A., Muirhead, J., Roberts, K. K., Scanlon, J. D., Travouillon, K.J., and Wroe, S., 2006. Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa Special Issue 1:1-17.