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Ancient DNA from extinct fauna

Adzebill skeleton on display in the Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

Adzebill skeleton on display in the Canterbury Museum, New Zealand.
Courtesy Canterbury Museum.

Reconstructing the evolutionary history of extinct species and past animal populations using ancient DNA.

Various honours projects are available focusing on the analysis of genomic data from animal remains that are hundreds to tens-of-thousands of years old.

Most projects focus on bioinformatics and computational analysis of DNA sequencing data, with the option of a limited wet-lab component.

Researchers at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) use genetic data to test hypotheses about the evolutionary relationships of extinct species and the responses of animals to past climate and environmental change.

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition