News: Evolutionary Biology

Ancient DNA research reveals evolutionary secrets of Game of Thrones dire wolves

Artwork credit: Mauricio Antón/Nature. Caption: Somewhere in Southwestern North America during the late Pleistocene, a pack of dire wolves (Canis dirus) are feeding on their bison kill, while a pair of grey wolves (Canis lupus) approach in the hopes of scavenging. One of the dire wolves rushes in to confront the grey wolves, and their confrontation allows a comparison of the bigger, larger-headed and reddish-brown dire wolf with its smaller, grey relative.

University of Adelaide scientists have sequenced the ancient DNA of dire wolf fossils for the first time and uncovered new secrets of the animal made famous by the TV show Game of Thrones.

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Genomics milestone: Scientists uncover genomes of platypus and echidna

Echidna CSI

University of Adelaide scientists have produced the first ever echidna genome and a greatly improved, high-quality platypus genome sequence.

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Sculpture of iconic Ediacaran fossil unveiled

Spriggina floundersi sculpture

The legacy of science alumni and geological research highlighted with new sculpture celebrating our state’s fossil emblem, Spriggina floundersi.

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Scientists in the news this week: September 2020

Archie Saunders, Fred Pickett, Jasmin Packer, and Geraldine Turner are determined to save the "precious" Whibley wattle from extinction

Here are the stories of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.

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Climate change may eliminate world’s largest lizard

Komodo dragon by Achmad Ariefiandy, Komodo Survival Program

The Komodo dragon could be driven to extinction by climate change unless significant measures to intervene are taken soon.

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Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity

Paleo-archives offer new prospects for benchmarking and maintaining future biodiversity.

The late Quaternary paleorecord, within the past ∼130,000 years, can help to inform present-day management of the Earth's ecosystems and biota under climate change.

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Scientists in the news this week: August 2020

Superstar of STEM Roberto De Bei

Here are the stories of University of Adelaide scientists and science graduates in the news this week.

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Dinosaur relative’s genome linked to mammals

Dinosaur relative’s genome linked to mammals - Tuatara - photo by Nicola Nelson

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile whose ancestors once roamed the earth with dinosaurs.

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Video: Shape-Shifting Sea Snakes

Shape-Shifting Sea Snakes

Environment Institute researchers are using comparative approaches to understand how phenotypic diversity evolves by the process of natural selection, using a surprising group of animals: sea snakes.

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New DNA test created to locate rare underwater animals

Blind Cave Eel (Ophisternon candidum)

Scientists create new species-specific tests that can detect endangered and hard-to-find aquatic animals through the DNA they shed in the water.

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