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A billion years on Earth in 40 seconds

A video which shows the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates over the past billion years, has been released by University of Adelaide scientists. The time-lapse series displays the movement in just 40 seconds. The video is part of an international research project, published in Earth Science Reviews. The co-author and leader of Adelaide’s Tectonics and Earth […]

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Research highlights competing impacts of warm waters and acidification in Nature Paper

Warming waters and ocean acidification could have opposing effects on the movements of tropical fish. Under increasing global warming, tropical fish are escaping warmer seas by extending their habitat ranges towards more temperate waters. But a new study from the University of Adelaide, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that the ocean acidification predicted under […]

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Fish sex organs boosted under high-CO2

Research from the University of Adelaide has found that some species of fish will have higher reproductive capacity because of larger sex organs, under the more acidic oceans of the future. Published in PLOS Biology, the researchers say that far from the negative effects expected under the elevated CO2 levels in our oceans predicted for the end […]

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Freaky ‘frankenprawns’: ancient deep sea monsters called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race

Deep sea animals can be the stuff of nightmares. Many inhabit the ocean’s twilight zone (down to 1,000 metres depth), where sunlight has virtually disappeared, and have adapted their vision to this dark alien world. Evolution gave them large, complex eyes to see in dim light — examples include the Vampire Squid, Sloane’s Viperfish, and various predatory crustaceans. […]

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Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of game of thrones wolves

Extinct dire wolves split off from other wolves nearly six million years ago and were only a distant relative of today’s wolves, according to new research published in Nature. Dire wolves, made famous in the TV show Game of Thrones, were common across North America until around 13,000 years ago, after which they became extinct. The […]

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Nature paper reveals platypus and echidna genomes feature mammalian biology and evolution

International researchers join Environment Institute members in solving the mystery of Australia’s most ancient living mammals The research featured in Nature. includes the first complete genetic code of the echidna and a better quality code for the platypus. Environment Institute member Professor Frank Grutzner said the two genomes would provide new insights into the unique biology […]

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Incredible vision in ancient marine creatures drove an evolutionary arms race

Ancient deep sea creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new research. The international study, led by Professor John Paterson from the University of New England’s Palaeoscience Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Museum and The Natural History Museum (UK), found […]

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Shellfish Reefs project wins Eureka Prize

University of Adelaide marine ecologists are among a team of scientists awarded a Eureka Prize for their research towards rebuilding Australia’s lost shellfish reefs. Our researcher from the Environment Institute, Dr Dominic McAfee and the School of Biological Sciences, and Dr Heidi Alleway, from the Division of Research and Innovation, joined researchers from v in winning the NSW […]

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Want to make a change in our world that positively helps biodiversity conservation?

Change is hard, but not impossible. Guest blog post by Matthew Bowie, who is in the final months of his PhD which focuses on consumer behaviour change and sustainable coffee. Many of the threats facing biodiversity are the result of human actions. This is simply a fact of the world we live in. However, I see […]

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The world’s leading aquatic scientific societies with 80,000+ members urgently call for cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions

Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action. In an unprecedented statement released recently, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) joined forces with 110 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm.  The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to […]

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