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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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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA amongst the Top 10 labs worldwide

We are in the golden age of research into ancient DNA, and the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is a world leader, proclaims a new article. A new article published in the prestigious Science journal has named ACAD among the top 10 labs in the world that specialise in ancient DNA research. Congratulations to […]

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Media release: Seeing natural selection at work in ancient human DNA

  International research involving the University of Adelaide shows that the introduction of agriculture in Europe about 8500 years ago not only changed the way people lived but also left traces in their DNA. Published in Nature, the researchers show the direct results of adaptation to changing diets, environments, disease-causing organisms, social organisation on the […]

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

A research thesis explained in only three minutes, using only one powerpoint slide was the task set for the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner, Andrew Farrer from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences. Andrew’s presentation, “Ancient DNA and the life on us,” was one of ten presentations judged by a panel of […]

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Podcast: The importance of ancient DNA

Associate Professor Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA spoke with Ewart Shaw on Radio Adelaide about the importance of ancient DNA research. Through the use of ancient DNA profiling, critical pieces of genetic information can be gained. From identifying bodies to understanding the impacts of climate change in managing […]

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From Birdsong Metrics to Ancient Arctic DNA: Selected Publications from the 1st Quarter, 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, researchers at The Environment Institute have published on a vast array of topics, from Ancient DNA in the Arctic, to birdsongs to recommendations for improvements to guidelines such as the Ecological Footprint in order to better inform policy makers. A selection of these publications is listed below. 1. Fifty […]

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Ancient Teeth on TV

Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Laura Weyrich appeared on the August 1 episode of the ABC’s Catalyst talking about what ancient DNA and teeth can tell us sugar, bacteria, agriculture and disease. “90% of the cells that you’re walking around with right now aren’t yours – they’re actually bacteria. You’re only about 10%. So, it’s […]

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TEDx Adelaide Forum 4 May 2013

Environment Institute member Alan Cooper will be speaking at this year’s TEDx Adelaide forum on Saturday 4 May 2013. TEDx is a ideas forum and this year’s theme is Explore. Some of the brightest minds in the state will be discussing what it means to explore, what we explore and why. Where: Bonython Hall, 231-232 […]

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New paper analysing DNA of prehistoric remains in North East Europe

A new paper involving Environment Institute members Clio Der Sarkissian, Alan Cooper and Wolfgang Haak as well as Oleg Balanovsky(Russian Academy of Medical Sciences & Russian Academy of Sciences), Valery Zaporozhchenko (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), Elena Balanovska (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences),Guido Brandt (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz), Kurt W. Alt (Johannes Gutenberg University […]

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Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide have discovered that Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The study, published today in the journal Biology letters, involves Environment Institute member Jeremy Austin from the Australian Centre […]

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