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Our next gen “Attenborough” filming new doco

It’s not every day that a film crew shows up to showcase your latest scientific discovery, but for Liz Reed, that’s exactly what happened. A new documentary by The Discovery Channel is following research by Liz Reed, fellow at the Environment Institute. Reed, along with collaborators University of Adelaide and the University of New England, made sensational fossil […]

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Naracoorte’s famous cave for hire: 150 years of weddings, parties and ping-pong tournaments

Naracoorte is home to a cave that has played host to hundreds of events, including jazz festivals, intimate family weddings, opera performances and in the year 2000 — even the Olympic Torch relay. Blanche cave is also home to significant fossil discoveries, including the remains of an indigenous man. His bones were stolen from the […]

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Vodcast: Animal Dawn

Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido presented his talk ‘Animal Dawn’ to a full house at the recent Research Tuesdays Seminar Series. Diego’s talk tracing the rise of animal life on Earth can be viewed below: Visit the new Edicaran Gallery at the South Australian Museum to see some of the oldest fossil examples of complex, multicellular animal […]

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Podcast: Exploring the dawn of animal life

When did animal life begin on Earth? ARC Future Fellow Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido from University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute spoke with Sarah Martin from The Sound of Science about how his fossil research can help answer questions about the distant past. Sites in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges and Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island are of particular interest […]

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Research Tuesdays – Animal Dawn

The rise of animal life has fascinated humanity for centuries, yet its exact origins remain controversial. Could fossils being unearthed at Kangaroo Island’s internationally significant Emu Bay Shale help to finally resolve the debate? Attend Research Tuesdays free public lecture to find out more. When: Tuesday 9 February, 2016 5:30-6:30pm Where: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, […]

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Rare fossil find in Naracoorte Caves

A recent ABC news story has reported on a rare fossil find in the Naracoorte Caves area. Researchers have found 50,000 year old bones from the largest carnivorous Australian mammal in the Pleistocene epoch, the marsupial lion, in the south east of South Australia. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of New […]

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e-Science. Underground archives: Naracoorte fossil caves and their record of deeptime

The work of Dr Liz Reed has been featured in the July 2015 e-Science Magazine. In the feature, Dr Reed explores how the fossils found in Naracoorte Caves in South Australia can be used to address present and future conservation questions about species diversification, human impacts, adaption to climate change and extinction. “Sediments, bones and […]

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From the Cambrian of Kangaroo Island to the Ordovician of Morocco

Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido recently presented at the April 2015 Sprigg Lecture Series, held at the South Australian Museum. In his lecture entitled ‘From the Cambrian of Kangaroo Island to the Ordovician of Morocco,’ Dr Garcia-Bellido explored the Cambrian (541–485 million years ago or ‘Ma’) and the Ordovician (485–458 Ma) periods, which saw the sudden appearance […]

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Media Release: Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins

More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world’s most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide researchers. The fossils belong to 500-million-year-old blind water creatures, known to scientists as “vetulicolians” (pronounced: ve-TOO-lee-coal-ee-ans). Alien-like in appearance, these marine creatures were […]

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Evolution’s “Big Bang” – has Darwin’s Dilemma been resolved?

Environment Institute researchers Mike Lee and Julien Soubrier, with Greg Edgecombe have resolved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for centuries, Darwin’s Dilemma. They have published their findings in Current Biology, Mike explains below in an article he produced for The Conversation. Evolution’s ‘big bang’ explained (and it’s slower than predicted) The sudden appearance of […]

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