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Prof Andy Austin is interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on ABC RN’s Counterpoint

Professor Andy Austin was interviewed by Amanda Vanstone on the ABC RN show “Counterpoint”, as a result of the recent press coverage which featured in USA Today, which has a daily readership of 7 million. Prof Austin spoke about his recent PLoS One, led by PhD candidate Sophie Harrison which challenges the previous theory the spiders arrived in Australia. Genetic analysis […]

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Trap door spider “great ocean journey” gets worldwide press coverage

A paper published in PLOS One today by PhD candidate Sophie Harrison and Professor Andy Austin today tells the origin story of Trapdoor Spider’s arrival in Australia. This new paper challenges the previous theory the spiders arrived in Australia during the break up of the supercontinent Gondwana 95 million years ago. However, the genetic analysis conducted […]

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Media Release: Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia

An Australian trapdoor spider, which usually moves no further than a couple of metres from where it was hatched, must have travelled to Australia over the Indian Ocean from South Africa, University of Adelaide research has shown. Found only on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia, the trapdoor spider – Moggridgea rainbow – […]

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