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Why are fossils more often male?

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University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that fossil and museum collections around the world are home to more male than female mammals.

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Spaghetti and mud pies scoop 3-Minute Thesis final

Sciences 3 minute thesis finals 2019 winners

The depth and diversity of research student projects in the Faculty of Sciences was once again on display at this week's final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

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African origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird revealed

Adzebill skeleton on display in the Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa.

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Researchers link penguin evolution to island formation

News - Penguin Evolution

DNA from prehistoric penguin bones analysed by University of Adelaide scientists, have contributed to new findings about the evolution of these aquatic flightless birds.

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11,000 year old genomes uncover population history of the Americas

Ancient DNA - skeleton Americas

11,000 year old genomes uncover remarkable details about the population history of Central and South America.

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Emu DNA uncovers size secrets of our native bird

Emu image

Genetics researchers from the Faculty of Sciences have discovered that the size of emus correlated to the size of the islands they inhabited.

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Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

Image caption: Moa skull. Image courtesy Patrick Bürgler/Flickr.

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts.

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