Killer Kangaroos and Demon Ducks

Killer kangaroos and demon ducks reported in The Australian and BBC News, 12 July 2006, and the Daily Telegraph (UK) 13 July 2006. Palaeontologists excavating the Riversleigh fossil deposit in northwest Queensland have found fossils of 20 new species including a “meat eating kangaroo with long fangs” and a giant bird nicknamed by the fossil […]

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Aussie Fossil Animals Are Plants

Aussie fossil animals are plants, claims University of Oregon scientist, according to articles in ScienceNOW 12 December 2012 and ABC News in Science 13 December 2012. The Ediacaran fossils are imprints of creatures found in the rocks in South Australia dated as 635 to 542 million years old, i.e. before the Cambrian explosion. They have […]

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Aussie Dinos the Biggest

Aussie dinos the biggest, or at least their tracks are, according to reports in ABC News 21 & 27 March 2017, BBC News 27 March 2017, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, doi:10.1080/02724634.2016.1269539 published online 24 March 2017. A team of scientists from University of Queensland and James Cook University have mapped out multiple dinosaur trackways […]

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Electro-sense Cost Platypus Teeth

Electro-sense cost platypus teeth, according to Science Advances 2016;2: e1601329, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601329, published online 12 October 2016. A team of scientists from Japan, USA and Australia have compared the skull of the present day platypus with that of a fossil platypus named Obdurodon. The fossil platypus is larger than the present day platypus, and it […]

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Aussie Tasmanian Devils Evolve Cancer Resistance

Aussie Tasmanian devils evolve cancer resistance, according to reports in ScienceDaily, Science (AAAS) news, Nature News 30 August 2016, and ABC News 31 August 2016, and Nature Communications doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12684 published online 30 August 2016. Over the past 20 years a deadly cancer has rapidly spread through the population of Tasmanian Devils. The cancer, named Devil […]

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Survival of Gentlest Could Save Devils

Survival of gentlest could save devils, according to ABC News in Science 4 September 2012 and DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02025.x. Tasmanian Devils are small carnivores living in the island state of Tasmania, south of the Australian mainland. The population of Devils has been greatly reduced over the last few decades because of a facial tumour spread by […]

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Dinosaurs ruled earth, but not Queensland

“Dinosaurs ruled most of the earth – but not Queensland Australia” claims palaeontologist Tony Thulborn, according to Nature Science Update 19 Mar 2003. Thulborn and a colleague from Monash University (Australia) found pieces of a skull of an extinct mammal-like reptile that had been dated as 105 millions years old in the Queensland Museum (Australia). […]

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Ancestral Fossil Snake

Ancestral fossil snake found, according a report in ABC (Australia) News in Science, and Nature, 16 Feb 2006. Palaeontologists at the Riversleigh fossil site in Queensland, Australia have found two snake skulls of an extinct snake named Yurlunggur preserved in “soft freshwater limestone” dated at 20 to 25 million years old. Yurlunggur is an Arnhem […]

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No Adaptation for Cane Toads

No adaptation for cane toads, according to a report in Biology Open doi: 10.1242/bio.2011024 15 January 2012. Since their introduction to eastern Australia over 70 year ago cane toads have been moving westwards across northern Australia. The toads at the migration front are believed to have been evolving ways that help them invade new territory. […]

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