Media Releases Archives

February 2014

  • 27 February 2014

    Dig It: An Adelaide Festival Event

    1-23 March, 10am-4pm

    Join us on the South Australian Museum’s front lawns from this weekend, and unearth bones, fossil imprints and ancient sea beds in an exciting Adelaide Festival-programmed event: Dig It @ The Museum.

    Budding palaeontologists can try their hand at finding creatures from millions of years ago, in giant dig pits.

    This free event will link visitors to the story of how life on Earth began. Our 560-million-year-old fossils are some of the oldest evidence of life on the planet and can be found in the Flinders Ranges. The Museum is the guardian of the specimens and our teams produce internationally-renowned research on the fossils.

  • 19 February 2014

    Night Lab Launches at the Museum

    The South Australian Museum’s exciting new event aimed at enticing young people to engage with science – Night Lab – launches this evening on North Terrace.

    Media are invited to cover the premiere of the Museum’s exploration-the­­med youth event, which sold out a week before it was due to launch. This is a shining example of successful artistic and cultural collaboration in Adelaide.

    Museum Director Brian Oldman said while the city stages its artistic delights as part of the Fringe and Adelaide Festivals, the Museum will launch this science event to celebrate discovery.

  • 13 February 2014

    Museum Provides Crucial Service in the Battle Against Fruit Fly

    Many South Australians might not be aware that when the threat of fruit fly looms for local crops, the South Australian Museum’s Senior Research Scientist in the Evolutionary Biology UnitMark Adams, is the man who tests for the pests.

    At our North Terrace laboratories behind the Museum galleries, Mr Adams conducts up to 20 fruit fly tests each year for the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). He has tested for the dangerous pests in recent scares or outbreaks, including at Sellicks Beach and in the Riverland.

    Mr Adams uses genetic technology to provide results after only three hours, which is crucial in helping the State Government swiftly respond to the pest.