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Olinguito discovered in Andes rainforest

What is an oliguito, I hear you say? Well, it’s a close relative of the olingo. What’s an olingo? It’s a procyonid. Okay, enough messing about – the olinguito is a small omnivorous mammal that lives in Advertisements

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Andy Lowe on a Museum mission

Our Director, Professor Andy Lowe, has taken on a position as Acting Director at the South Australian Museum for 6 months. He’s enjoying it enormously, as he enjoys most things: if you want to read about what makes him tick, … Continue reading

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Instant art – just add a rainbow eucalyptus

Happy Friday! It’s grey, windy, and rainy here (Adelaide) right now, so I thought I’d add a bit of colour. And aside from a flock of rainbow lorikeets or some fancy sea slugs, there’s no more astonishing colour than the … Continue reading

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It’s Waterhouse time

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is, in the words of the South Australian Museum, “a unique opportunity for talented artists to immerse themselves in the wonders of science”. The exhibition was launched, with much fanfare and a welcome speech … Continue reading

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Here be dragons

A tiny dragon was found laying eggs in a nest in the Lambusango Forest reserve in Indonesia. She may be related to the species Draco volans, a lizard which glides by spreading out folds of skin attached to movable ribs.You … Continue reading

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Australia – land of the hot pink slug

Meet Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, a hot pink slug that lives on Mount Kaputar in New South Wales in Australia. It’s bright pink, as you can see, and it’s about 8 inches long, which you’d imagine would make it fairly visible … Continue reading

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Caution: animals crossing!

Why did the brush-tailed phascogale cross the road? Kylie Soanes knows, but she’s not telling. She is, however, telling how she convinced that phascogale to cross using rope bridges. Well, not exactly convincing them – rather setting up the situation … Continue reading

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De-extinction – zombie wooly mammoths? (Biodiversity ethics part 4)

It’s now theoretically possible to re-create an extinct animal, provided a sufficient sample of its DNA is found – tar pits would be a good source, as they would capture the whole animal and protect it from environmental decay. For … Continue reading

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Extinction – to intervene or not? (Biodiversity ethics part 3)

A friend (h/t Justin) sent me this article a couple of weeks ago – it seems that this summer, the wolves of Isle Royale in Lake Superior did not produce any pups. Not a one. The total wolf population of … Continue reading

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Colourful, cheeky and invisible – the rainbow lorikeet

I’ve been delving into some of the fascinating posts about African wildlife on the wildlifetv blog, and found a couple about camouflage. The first, about the impala, gives some interesting facts (yes, you know I’m a sucker for interesting facts) … Continue reading

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