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Sprigg Lecture to Feature Alan Cooper

The Sprigg Lecture Series is an opportunity for the public to engage with the latest research and thinking around scientific and culture discoveries. The next Sprigg Lecture will be presented by Professor Alan Cooper, who will talk about the Aboriginal Heritage Project. The Aboriginal Heritage Project is a collaborative effort between the Australian Centre for […]

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Tasmanian devil myth busted in new paper

Tasmanian Devils are a precious Australian icon that now dwell only on the island of Tasmania. The devils were once wild across mainland Australia, but went extinct around 3000 years ago. But could some of those devils have survived on the mainland? Are there any populations left? Environment Institute researchers searched for answers. The myth of […]

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Pint of Science with Laura Weyrich

Pint of Science is coming to Adelaide, bringing together science enthusiasts over a nice, cold bevvy. This year’s Pint of Science will feature our very own Dr Laura Weyrich. Weyrich is an expert on ancient DNA and the original palaeo diet. Using DNA sequencing of ancient dental tar, she reconstructs diets of Neanderthals long gone. […]

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LISTEN: The Science Show

Professor Alan Cooper, Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA and Giles Hamm, PhD Candidate from LaTrobe University were interviewed on ABC RN’s Science show last Saturday (14th of April). They talked about their recent discovery of a cave which contains the first reliably dated human interaction with mega fauna, over 49,000 years ago. […]

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Media Release: Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture

Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. The persistent moisture resulting from melting permafrost and glaciers caused widespread glacial-age grasslands to be rapidly replaced by peatlands and bogs, fragmenting […]

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Science in The Pub: The Science of Ancient Australia

The theme of Science in the Pub this month was The Science of Ancient Australia. Two Environment Institute members discussed how their research has helped us understand the evolution of marsupials and the impact megafauna had on the ancient Australian environment. Dr Kieren Mitchell, discussed the evolution of Australian marsupials after the separation of the […]

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Media Release: Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used ‘aspirin’

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness. Published today in the journal Nature, an international team led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre […]

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Media Release: Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country

DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years – soon after the peopling of Australia. Published today in the journal Nature, the findings reinforce Aboriginal communities’ strong connection to country and […]

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Research Tuesdays: Connected to Country

The next Research Tuesdays forum will be presented by Professor Alan Cooper, founder of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. Title: Connected to Country When: 5:30pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre Cost: Free, but bookings recommended Indigenous Australians have a remarkably deep cultural and spiritual connection to their country. Now, research at the […]

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Media release: The Higgs Bison – mystery species hidden in cave art

Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago. The mystery species, known affectionately by the researchers as the Higgs Bison* because of its elusive nature, originated over 120,000 years ago through the […]

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