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History of modern human arrival in Europe rewritten, as new fossil discovered

An international research team including scientists from the University of Adelaide has found evidence of human occupation in Europe almost 10,000 years earlier than previously documented, a discovery that stands to rewrite modern human and Neanderthal histories on the continent. In a study published in Science Advances and led by Toulouse University, France, the authors dated distinctive stone tools and […]

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Heading towards an improved marine aquaculture sector

It’s one of the world’s fastest growing food industries and, with the introduction of some new strategies investigated by researchers at the University of Adelaide and The Nature Conservancy, could soon be one of its greenest. In a new paper published in BioScience, Climate-Friendly Seafood: The Potential for Emissions Reduction and Carbon Capture in Marine Aquaculture, six principles are […]

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New study shows the true value of South Australian parks

South Australia’s parks are quickly becoming the jewel in the crown of the state’s tourism offering with a new report highlighting the economic worth on top of the conservation value. The report shows South Australia’s national parks and reserves contribute more than $374 million to the state economy every year, supporting thousands of jobs across […]

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Ancient DNA helps solve mystery disappearance of lions and bears

An international team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide, suggest a change in climate is the likely cause of the mysterious disappearance of ancient lions and bears from parts of North America for a thousand years or more prior to the last Ice Age. In a study in Molecular Ecology, the researchers sequenced DNA […]

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Ocean acidification and warming disrupts fish shoals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming. “Fish show gregarious behaviour and cluster in shoals which helps them to acquire food and for protection against predators,” said project leader Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University of Adelaide’s Environment […]

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The assassin spider is not dead on Kangaroo Island!

Researchers have found an ancient species of spider, feared to be extinct after devastating Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia in 2020. The spider, known as the assassin spider (Zephyrarchaea austini), was known to live in the Western River Regional Protection Area on Kangaroo Island. The bushfire burnt through more than 200,000 hectares of bush […]

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Alien organisms – are they a threat to biosecurity?

Scientists warn, without good biosecurity measures ‘alien organisms’ on Earth may become a reality stranger than fiction. Published in international journal BioSciences, a team of scientists, including Associate Professor Phill Cassey, Head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, are calling for greater recognition of the biosecurity risks ahead of […]

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Humans hastened the extinction of the woolly mammoth

New research shows that humans had a significant role in the extinction of woolly mammoths in Eurasia, occurring thousands of years later than previously thought.  An international team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of Copenhagen, has revealed a 20,000-year pathway to extinction for the woolly mammoth.  “Our research […]

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Bear parts are being smuggled in Australia and New Zealand

In a paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology, researchers from the University of Adelaide in collaboration with the Monitor Conservation Research Society and the Wildlife Justice Commission examined the demand for bear parts and products in Australia and New Zealand. They found that between 2007 and 2018 enforcement agencies had made almost 800 seizures of bear […]

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Public health risk of the bat souvenir trade

Little is known about the global bat souvenir trade, its extent and impact on bat populations and forest ecosystems, and the potential risks posed to public health with bats known carriers of zoonotic diseases. In a preliminary study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, researchers at the University of Adelaide identified over a 15-day period (May […]

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