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What will the future hold after the Amazon fires? With Professor Bob Hill

The recent evidence for extensive fires in the Amazon Basin paints a devastating picture that we should all be concerned about. It seems that the problem of acquiring new farmland has taken on a new life in Brazil and much of the problem we are seeing is the result of forests being burnt to provide […]

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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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Dr Phill Cassey selected as Lead Author on next IPBES Report

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has selected Dr Phill Cassey, director of Centre for Applied Conservation Science to be Lead Author for Chapter 4 of the IPBES thematic assessment named “the assessment of invasive alien species”. The Plenary of IPBES decided to begin this assessment following its 7th session (May 2019), based […]

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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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New wasp named after Dr Who and biscuits!

University of Adelaide researchers were inspired by everything from chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names for 10 new species of wasps. “I named one wasp Sathon oreo as the antennae are dark brown with a thick white stripe in the middle… like an Oreo chocolate biscuit,” says Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries from the […]

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Good bacteria is favoured in natural environments

A recent study has shown that restoring environments to include a wider range of species can promote ‘good’ bacteria over ‘bad’ – with potential benefits for human health. In a report produced by the University of Adelaide, it was found that degraded, low biodiversity land and soils tend to included more ‘opportunistic’ bacteria, while healthy, […]

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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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The ‘mystery photographer’ of the Naracoorte Caves uncovered by Dr Liz Reeves

In 1860 a series of three photographs were taken of the entrances to Blanche Cave. Two of the photographs feature the Reverend Julian Tenison-Woods. Tenison-Woods commissioned the photographs, so they could be used to produce engravings for his book ‘Geological Observations in South Australia’, which was published in 1862. The engravings were made by Alexander […]

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World’s earliest predators on display at the South Australian Museum

One of the world’s leading Cambrian researchers, Associate Professor Diego C. García-Bellido of the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, Environment Institute has helped create a new display at the South Australian Museum. It showcases some of the world’s oldest and most important fossils, including the oldest apex predator in Australia, which are found […]

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Winner: Associate Professor Seth Westra Wins 2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The SA Climate Leaders Awards recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations who take action to address climate change in South Australia. Entries for the 2018 awards were received from many different industries and sectors, including local councils, the building industry, community organisations and more. The Environment Institute had two members nominated for this outstanding award. Associate […]

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