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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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According to Lilly Pilly Fossils, the Snowy Mountains were Once Snowless!

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today. University of Adelaide research, published in the American Journal of Botany, describes fossils of the iconic Australian tree, the Lilly Pilly, […]

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Feral Rabbits are Losing the Battle against Two Biological Control Agents

A new study has shown how two biological control agents have been effective in reducing the numbers of feral rabbits in Australia. Using data from the largest wild rabbit study in the world, scientists have examined the long-term interaction of myxoma and rabbit haemorrhagic disease viruses. The research was published in the Journal of Animal […]

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Platypus Venom

Mysterious New Diabetes Treatments from Platypus Venom

A world first discovery of a key metabolic hormone found in the venom and gut of Australia’s iconic platypus will now be investigated for its potential to treat type 2 diabetes, in new research led by the University of Adelaide. In a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, SAHMRI and the […]

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C4 Plants and Vegetation

Revealing the history of Australia’s Vegetation

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent. The new understanding will help researchers better predict the likely impact of climate change and rising CO2 levels on these critically important plants. Called ‘C4 plants’ after their alternative […]

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Repost: Smaller emus on smaller islands

The following piece has been reposted from Dr Vicki Thompson’s blog VickiThomson.com     “Have you ever wondered how animals evolve when they are on a permanent diet? Over long time frames? Well, looking at what happens on islands is a perfect way to find this out. In our recent study (‘Genetic diversity and drivers of […]

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Media Release: Island emus’ size related to size of island homes

Emus that lived isolated on Australia’s offshore islands until the 19th century, including Kangaroo Island, King Island and Tasmania, were smaller versions of their larger mainland relatives – and their overall body size correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited. Published today in the journal Biology Letters, this was the surprise finding of […]

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Biodiverse soils … when the right kind of dirt may be good for you

Around the world, more and more people are living in cities, while our contact with natural biodiversity and soil is declining. At the same time, we have seen a rapid rise in rates of allergies, auto-immune and chronic inflammatory diseases. Now researchers are finding accumulating evidence that these two major trends may be linked, in […]

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A new Acheulean site in Northwest Spain sheds light on the complexity of European Prehistoric settlement 200-300 thousand years ago

An international team involving researchers from Adelaide and Griffith Universities have discovered a peculiar archaeological site (Porto Maior) in Spain, which records an exceptionally high density of “giant” handaxes that had previously only been found in Africa. This discovery may suggest the coexistence of at least two different human groups in the Iberian Peninsula about […]

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How can we assess human impacts on coastal ecosystems?

There are many ways in which human activities can negatively affect marine environments, as we discuss in our new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports. We use the oceans to support industry (e.g. fishing, shipping, tourism) as well as for recreation (e.g. boating, fishing, diving, beach activities). The things we do on land can […]

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