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Guest Post: New ancient DNA study sheds light on the history of American peccaries

Today’s guest post comes from ACAD Honours student Tahlia Perry. You may recognise Tahlia’s name, as she has contributed to the Environment Institute blog previously on her experiences in the National Science Communication competition Famelab, and her follow up interview on ABC Radio. Tahlia writes about her Honours project at the Australian Centre for Ancient […]

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Alan Cooper to be on the panel for The National Science Quiz this year

The National Science Quiz is here! Date: Sunday 25 June, 2017 Time: 2:00pm–3:30pm (doors open at 1:30pm) Venue: ANZAC Hall @ Prince Alfred College, 23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town Join host Charlie Pickering as he exercises the expert mind of Australian Centre of Ancient DNA and The Environment Institute Alan Cooper. Also appearing on the panel […]

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Media release: Ancient genomes reveal that the English are one third Anglo-Saxon

For the first time, researchers have been able to directly estimate the Anglo-Saxon ancestry of the British population from ancient skeletons, showing how Anglo-Saxon immigrants mixed with the native population. Human remains excavated from burial sites near Cambridge provided the material for the first whole-genome sequences of ancient British DNA. Using a new analysis method […]

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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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Science Says!

The Science Says! tour kicks off this week in Adelaide on Thursday 5 November, 2015. It is an event of science and comedy in the style of the great panel shows (think Good News Week and Spicks and Specks). It’s science as you’ve never seen it before, with this year’s panelists including world leading researchers, gifted comedians, and professional science communicators […]

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DNA evidence proves climate change killed off prehistoric megafauna

The following article appeared in The Conversation on 24 July, 2015: Written by Chris Turney and Alan Cooper Imagine a world populated by woolly mammoths, giant sloths and car-sized armadillos – 50,000 years ago more than 150 types of these mysterious large-bodied mammals roamed our planet. But by 10,000 years ago, two-thirds of them had disappeared. Since […]

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Media release: Genomics research to benefit wine and biodiversity

Two new research projects at the University of Adelaide will use leading genomic expertise and technologies to benefit the wine industry and biodiversity conservation. The two projects have won funding from the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF), enabling them to access AGRF’s genotyping and genome sequencing services. Researchers aim to use the latest genomics technologies […]

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Why the big animals died: new study shakes up extinction science

The following article featuring research by Professor Corey Bradshaw and Professor Alan Cooper appeared in The Lead on 24 July, 2015: By Sarah Keenihan / 24th of July, 2015 Image by Mauricio Antón. IF YOU are going to challenge the status quo, best make sure you’ve got solid numbers to back you up. A study […]

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Media release: Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth’s past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of […]

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Media release: Data bank launched for global access to ancient DNA

Medical and other researchers and science teachers around the world will be able to compare ancient DNA from humans from thousands of years ago with the genetics of modern day humans, thanks to a new world-first open access databank at the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). The Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR) […]

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