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New species of bat described; named after Sir David Attenborough

A study published in the Journal of Mammology and featured as a news story in Nature, has names a new species of mammal. Myotis attenboughi is a new species of bat from Trinidad and Tobago, it is the only mammal species endemic to both the island of Tobago and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago This […]

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Media Release: Mapping the thylacine’s mysterious loss from mainland

Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia’s mainland.   The University of Adelaide study, published in the Journal of Biogeography, traces the history of thylacine populations over the last 30,000 years.   The researchers from the University’s Australian […]

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Video: Fieldwork investigating sea snakes species diversity in WA

Below is a guest post from Honours student Charlotte Nitschke about her research and field work on sea snake species diversity in Western Australia. Charlotte is supervised by Dr Kate Sanders, Dr Vinay Udyawer (Australian Institute of Marine Science) and Dr Mathew Hourston (WA Dept of Fisheries), with valuable partnerships with local commercial prawn trawlers. […]

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Event: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

The number of people displaced by war and persecution is at an all-time high. As needs grow, governments are struggling to find responses that are sustainable at scale, and international institutions are failing. Camps and boats have too often become the dominant focus of policy, perpetuating an assumption of refugees as inevitably vulnerable or threatening. […]

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Widespread Media Coverage for “Dinosaur eating frog”

The Scientific Reports article on the bite force of the extinct Horned Frog dubbed Beelzebufo has received worldwide media attention over the weekend. These results were gained from a model based on the South American horned frogs from the living genus Ceratophrys, and scaled to the large Madagascan extinct frog. These results indicate the Beelzebufo […]

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Media Release: Bite force research reveals dinosaur-eating frog

Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs. The conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of South American horned frogs from the living genus Ceratophrys, known as Pacman frogs for their characteristic round […]

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Ocean Essence: A Night of Science

The oceans are vast and mysterious. What lurks beneath the silver sheen of water’s surface? What stories lie under the sea? No, we don’t mean mermaids or singing crabs, we’re talking science! To celebrate Spring and the month of September, National Biodiversity Month, we bring you an extraordinary look at our seas and oceans through […]

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Event: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

The number of people displaced by war and persecution is at an all-time high. As needs grow, governments are struggling to find responses that are sustainable at scale, and international institutions are failing. Camps and boats have too often become the dominant focus of policy, perpetuating an assumption of refugees as inevitably vulnerable or threatening. […]

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Media Release: Ancient wetlands offer window into climate change

Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age. The work – led by the University of Adelaide, and involving scientists from the Queensland Government, and members of the local community – has uncovered what the researchers describe […]

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Prof Kris Helgen is featured on ABC RN’s Counterpoint

Professor Kris Helgen was featured on the Counterpoint podcast hosted by Amanda Vanstone yesterday. Professor Helgen spoke about the importance and benefits of having many experts in expeditions to remote locations such as New Guinea. Prof Helgen speaks about trekking with photographers, botanists, entomologists and local experts. Travelling with local and international experts from the […]

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