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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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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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1 minute with SA Science Excellence Awards nominees

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. Last year, Professor Alan Cooper, Professor Andrew Lowe and Dr Kieran Mitchell were nominated for the prestigious awards, with Prof Cooper honoured as South Australia’s Scientist of the Year. Their research is […]

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New Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

A seven-year, $45.7 million centre will investigate the beginning of Australia’s unique biodiversity and Indigenous heritage, while inspiring Australian children to engage with science. The Australia Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage will bring together 20 institutions and museums worldwide to unlock the history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and […]

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Prof Alan Cooper is South Australia’s Scientist of the Year

A big congratulations to the Environment Institute’s Professor Alan Cooper, who has been named the South Australian Scientist of the Year at the annual South Australian Government’s Science Excellence Awards. Prof Cooper has been recognised for his expertise in ancient DNA. He has been instrumental in transforming the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) into an internationally leading research […]

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EI Researchers amongst finalists for SA Science Excellence Awards

Researchers from the Environment Institute have been honoured as finalists for the 2016 South Australian Science Excellence Awards. The awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education. Our congratulations goes to Dr Kieren Mitchell, who has been nominated for PhD Research Excellence and Early Career […]

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Podcast- To Patagonia We Go

Join Ewart Shaw from Radio Adelaide on his show Orbit, as he talks with the Environment Institute’s Professor Alan Cooper. Professor Cooper takes us on a journey through Patagonia. What will we encounter? There are llamas, guanacos and vicuna, but what other magical beasts will they find? Listen to the podcast to find out.

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