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Australian Navy commendation for University’s DNA experts

Experts from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) have been commended by the Chief of the Navy Australia for their part in identifying the only crew member ever recovered from the sinking of HMAS Sydney. In a ceremony held on the University’s North Terrace campus, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO RAN […]

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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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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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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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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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Media release: The Higgs Bison – mystery species hidden in cave art

Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago. The mystery species, known affectionately by the researchers as the Higgs Bison* because of its elusive nature, originated over 120,000 years ago through the […]

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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA amongst the Top 10 labs worldwide

We are in the golden age of research into ancient DNA, and the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) is a world leader, proclaims a new article. A new article published in the prestigious Science journal has named ACAD among the top 10 labs in the world that specialise in ancient DNA research. Congratulations to […]

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Media release: Seeing natural selection at work in ancient human DNA

  International research involving the University of Adelaide shows that the introduction of agriculture in Europe about 8500 years ago not only changed the way people lived but also left traces in their DNA. Published in Nature, the researchers show the direct results of adaptation to changing diets, environments, disease-causing organisms, social organisation on the […]

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

A research thesis explained in only three minutes, using only one powerpoint slide was the task set for the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner, Andrew Farrer from the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Sciences. Andrew’s presentation, “Ancient DNA and the life on us,” was one of ten presentations judged by a panel of […]

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Podcast: The importance of ancient DNA

Associate Professor Jeremy Austin from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA spoke with Ewart Shaw on Radio Adelaide about the importance of ancient DNA research. Through the use of ancient DNA profiling, critical pieces of genetic information can be gained. From identifying bodies to understanding the impacts of climate change in managing […]

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