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An incredible journey - the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose

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It took more than 1,000 people to form a viable population in Australia. But this was no accidental migration, the first arrivals must have been planned, scientists say.

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No yee-haw: What endangered creature are your cowboy boots made from?

Of cowboys, fish, and pangolins: Example images of leather products advertised on the US eBay website.  The boots in (a) are made from pangolin skin and were advertised as pre‐owned “classic anteater boots” of the brand “Lucchese,” valued at US$1,500 as a starting price and available for international shipping.  The boots in (b) are also Lucchese boots, but made from arapaima skin. These boots were advertised as “New with defects,” valued at US$415.65 as a starting price and also available for international

Researchers investigating the world’s exotic wildlife trade have made a startling discovery...

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New ‘king’ of fossils discovered on Kangaroo Island

A fossil of the giant new trilobite species Redlichia rex

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island.

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A shore future for our coastal vegetation

Nicole Foster PhD coastal vegetation research

Researchers are using new ways to gain genetic information from ocean sediment to determine the past and future survival of our coastal vegetation.

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Where do rocks come from?

Rocks contain a layer-by-layer record of the history of our planet. Fred Moore/flickr, CC BY-NC

Five-year-old Claire from Perth asks Professor Alan Collins, "where do rocks come from?"

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When pets become pests: the exotic pet trade producing invasive species

Exotic pets like these, on display at the 2018 Repticon in West Palm Beach, can escape and form invasive communities. Photo courtesy of Adam Toomes

Scientists are learning more about what drives the exotic pet trade to help reduce the threat of new invasive animal and bird species.

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