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New paper has found 75% of bison fossils are male

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that the majority of bison fossils are male, according to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. This research has been stumbled upon by ancient DNA researchers. When ancient DNA is analysed, specimen sex is also determined as part of the sample processing. However during this process, […]

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VIDEO: Research Tuesdays – Mission Mammal

A number of Environment Institute members were invited to speak at the University’s renown Research Tuesdays called ‘Mission Mammal’. The presenters spoke about many mammal species requiring urgent conservation and what critical role we play in Australia. One of only 17 ‘megadiverse’ nations, we’re home to a huge variety of mammals, with a remarkable 87 […]

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Research Tuesdays: Mission Mammal

From the lions of the Serengeti to the blue whales of the Southern Ocean, mammals dominate our planet. But their future’s far from assured. Many species now require urgent conservation—and here in Australia we have a critical role to play. Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019 Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm Location: The Braggs Building, The University […]

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MEDIA: Modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups

Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia. While two of the archaic groups are currently known – the Neandertals and their sister group the Denisovans from Asia ¬– the others remain unnamed and have […]

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ACAD featured on ABC Science Show – Identifying the millions of species yet to be classified

Together with international researchers, University of Adelaide were interviewed on the ABC Science Show about new genetic tools may hold the key to identifying the millions of species yet to be classified. Researchers have now described about 1.75 million species on our planet – but it’s believed there are millions more that haven’t been classified as yet. Completing an inventory of […]

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Modern humans planned and made open-sea voyages 50,000 years ago

Research has shown it took more than 1,000 people to arrive in Australia, to make a viable population. Two studies published released recently, confirm they arrived more than 50,000 years ago and that this was no accidental migration, the first arrivals must have been planned. Data from Adelaide University, Environment Institute’s co-author Dr Laura S. Weyrich suggests […]

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New Zealand’s giant extinct bird traced back to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research in the journal Diversity showed that among the closest living relatives of the […]

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ACAD discovers two new penguin species through Ancient DNA

Researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA analysed DNA from prehistoric penguin bones found on the Chatham Islands east of New Zealand as part of the evolutionary study. Co-author of the study, Dr Kieren Mitchell said they were surprised when ancient DNA from these bones revealed the existence of two previously […]

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Media Release: Ancient DNA reveals clues to the peopling of Central and South America

An international group of researchers, including Prof. Alan Cooper from the Environment Institute & Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), have uncovered remarkable details about the population history of Central and South America Recently published in the journal Cell, two previously unknown genetic exchanges between North and South America have been revealed. The genomes of 49 […]

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Climate Change Wiped out the ‘Siberian Unicorn’

New research has shed light on the origin and extinction of a giant, shaggy Ice Age rhinoceros known as the Siberian unicorn because of its extraordinary single horn. An international team of researchers from Adelaide, Sydney, London, the Netherlands, and Russia, have settled a long-standing debate about the relationship of the Siberian unicorn to living […]

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