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Fossilised ‘Giant’ discovered on Kangaroo Island

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The finding is adding important insights to our knowledge of the Cambrian ‘explosion’, the greatest diversification event in the history of life on Earth, when almost all animal groups suddenly appeared over […]

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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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Kangaroo Island Excavation Reveals Two New Organisms!

The Environment Institute’s Associate Professor Diego García-Bellido (@DGarcia-Bellido) from the Sprigg Geobiology Centre has just returned from another successful excavation of the Emu Bay Shale, the 515 million-year-old fossil site in Kangaroo Island. This season’s dig has produced new specimens of exquisitely-preserved Anomalocaris fossil eyes, and at least two new organisms, which are awaiting scientific description. […]

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With 30 000 lenses, these fossils don’t need glasses

Dr Diego Garcia-Bellido has been conducting some interesting work on Emu Bay in Kangaroo Island. The most recent research was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology and involved the controversial findings that bizzare fossils called “vetulicolians” were in fact, distant cousins of humans. The new vetulicolian fossils discovered at the Emu Bay site are an astounding 500 million years […]

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National Tree Day

National Tree Day will be held on Sunday 31st July 2011, with Schools Tree Day taking place on the Friday 29th July 2011. Celebrating its 16th year in 2011, Australians work together to protect their natural environment by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs. Since its inception in 1996, more than 15 million […]

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Kangaroo Island Tree Planting Festival

From 8-10 July the Environment Institute offered 10 postgraduate students the opportunity to be involved in re-instating large areas of habitat for some of KI’s rarest plant life. This year over 120,000 seedlings, many of them endemic to KI, were planted. The plantation took place at Kangaroo Island, Cygnet Park Sanctuary, 20km west of Kingscote. […]

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2011 Kangaroo Island Planting Festival (8-10 July 2011)

Volunteers are required for the 2011 Kangaroo Island Planting Festival to be held in July this year. The Kangaroo Island Planting Festival is held every year to re-instate large areas of habitat for some of KI’s rarest plant life. The last 3 planting festivals have involved 1000 people and have resulted in 225,000 seedlings being […]

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