Media releases

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  • 14 February 2017

    Origins of complex life on Earth first recognised in South Australia: new state fossil emblem announced

    South Australians see eye-to-eye with leading naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough, having just selected one of the first animals to ever exist on Earth, Spriggina, as their state’s new fossil emblem.

    Spriggina, first discovered by a citizen scientist in South Australia’s outback, was chosen through a two month voting process, during which 3,571 South Australians had their say. The 555 million (approx.) year old fossil, which is only found in South Australia, best represents the state’s globally recognised geological and scientific prowess.

    On hearing of Spriggina’s selection as the South Australian state fossil emblem, Sir David said that Spriggina, which appeared in his Life on Earth series, is a very fitting state fossil emblem for South Australia.

    “Its head and segmented body suggest that it may well have had a rudimentary brain, making it, perhaps, the earliest evidence of intelligent life in the history of our planet,” said Sir David.

  • 20 January 2017

    World’s finest piece of uncut opal finds new home at the South Australian Museum

    The finest uncut opal in existence, the Fire of Australia, has joined the South Australian Museum’s collection through the vision of a private donor and funding from the Federal Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account.

    Valued at nearly $900,000 Australian dollars and weighing at 998 grams, the Fire of Australia is the world’s finest piece of opal of its kind on public display. 

  • 04 November 2016

    Unique Aboriginal rainforest art on show at the South Australian Museum

    Emerging from a rainforest canopy and a culture spanning countless generations comes the spectacular work of Girringun artists in Queensland to the South Australian Museum.

    Having opened on 4 November, the Manggan: gather, gathers, gathering exhibition is a collection of works, created at Girringun, an Aboriginal Art Centre located in far North Queensland in between Townsville and Cairns.

    The Manggan exhibition was a project brought to the South Australian Museum by the Girringun artists who wanted to use the museum’s collections and audience to express and explore their own dynamic cultural traditions.