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.
  • Contributed to exhibitions in Boola Bardip (open Nov 2020)

Selected Publications

Kenny’s full publication list can be found here



Travouillon, K.J., Butler, K., Archer, M. and Hand, S.J. (2022). Two new species of the genus Gumardee (Marsupialia, Macropodiformes) reveal the repeated evolution of bilophodonty in kangaroos, Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

Elliott, T.F., Travouillon, K.J., Warburton, N.M., Danks, M.A. & Vernes, K. 2021. New Guinean bandicoots: new insights into diet, dentition, and digestive tract morphology and a dietary review of all extant non-Australian Peramelemorphia. Australian Mammalogy.

Peters, C. Richter, K.K., Manne, T., Dortch, J., Paterson, A., Travouillon, K., Louys, J., Price, G.J., Petraglia, M., Crowther, A., & Boivin, N. (2021). Species identification of Australian marsupials using collagen fingerprinting. Royal Society Open Science 8, 211229.

Taylor, M.C., Travouillon, K.J., Andrew, M.E., Fleming, P.A. and Warburton, N.M. (2021). Keeping an ear out: size relationship of the tympanic bullae and pinnae in bandicoots and bilbies (Marsupialia: Peramelemorphia). Current Zoology. Zoab055.

Travouillon, K.J., Beck, R.M.D. & Case, J.A. (2021). Upper Oligocene–lower-Middle Miocene peramelemorphians from the Etadunna, Namba and Wipajiri formations of South Australia. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

Louys, J., Price, G.J. and Travouillon, K.J. (2021). Space-time equivalence in the fossil record, with a case study from Pleistocene Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews 253:106764.

Weisbecker, V., Rowe, T., Wroe, S., Macrini, T.E., Garland, K.L.S., Travouillon, K.J., Black, K., Archer, M., Hand, S.J., Berlin, J., Beck, R.M.D., Ladevèze, S., Sharp, A.C., Mardon, K., and Sherratt E. (2020). Global elongation and high shape flexibility as an evolutionary hypothesis of accommodating mammalian brains into skulls. Evolution.

Price, G.J., Cramb, J., Louys, J., Travouillon, K.J., Pease, E.M.A., Feng, Y.-X., Zhao, J.-X., and Irvin, D. (2020). Late Quaternary Fossil Veterbrates of the Broken River Karst Area, Northern Queensland, Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 72:193-206.

Martin, M.L., Travouillon, K.J., Fleming, P.A. and Warburton, N.M. (2020). Review of the methods used for calculating physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA) for ecological questions. Journal of Morphology.

Butler, K., Travouillon, K.J., Evans, A.R., Murphy, L., Price, G.J., Archer, M., Hand, S.J., and Weisbecker, V. (2020). 3D Morphometric Analysis Reveals Similar Ecomorphs for Early Kangaroos (Macropodidae) and Fanged Kangaroos (Balbaridae) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Australia. Journal of Mammalian Evolution.

Travouillon, K.J., Parnaby, H. E. and Ingleby S. (2020). Neotype designation for the Australian Pig-footed Bandicoot Chaeropus ecaudatus Ogilby, 1838. Records of the Australian Museum 72(3): 77-80.

Martin, M.L., Warburton, N.M., Travouillon, K.J. and Fleming, P.A. (2019). Mechanical similarity across ontogeny of digging muscles in an Australian marsupial (Isoodon fusciventer). Journal of Morphology 2019:1–13.

Travouillon, K.J., Simoes, B. F., Portela Miguez, R., Brace, S., Brewer, P., Stemmer, D., Price, G.J., Cramb, J. & Louys, J. (2019). Hidden in plain sight: reassessment of the pig-footed bandicoot, Chaeropus ecaudatus (Peramelemorphia, Chaeropodidae), with a description of a new species from central Australia, and use of the fossil record to trace its past distribution. Zootaxa 4566(1): 001-069.

Eldridge, M.D.B., Beck, R.M.D., Croft, D.A., Travouillon, K.J. and Fox, B.J. (2019) An emerging consensus in the evolution, phylogeny, and systematics of marsupials and their fossil relatives (Metatheria). Journal of Mammalogy 100(3): 802-837.

Warburton, N.M., Travouillon, K.J., and Camens, A.B. (2019). Skeletal atlas of the Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus). Palaeontologia Electronica 22.2.29A: 1-56.

Martin, M.L., Travouillon, K.J., Sherratt, E., Fleming, P.A. and Warburton, N.M. (2019). Covariation between forelimb muscle anatomy and bone shape in an Australian scratch-digging marsupial: Comparison of morphometric methods. Journal of Morphology 1-16.

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. and 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.

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.


Selected publications (pre-2016)

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 WallabiesIn: 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.

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., 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.

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.

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., 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.

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., 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.