October 2012

  • 24 October 2012

    Historical treasures in a modern pest: the Black Rat story

    They scuttle under houses and along fences. Their beady eyes peer out from behind leafy fronds and they often draw screams from the faint-hearted.

    Black Rats are a common sight around Australian homes, but many residents may not know these pests hold the scientific key to unlocking the causes of historic and future disease around the world. A South Australian Museum team has embarked on a project to map the genetic story of the Black Rat. The data will provide a clearer picture of the rat's role in spreading disease and this information will help policymakers prepare for possible outbreaks in the future.

  • 16 October 2012

    Rare Chance to Give Megafauna a Makeover

    The South Australian Museum will give 20 volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prepare fossils of the largest extinct marsupial known in Australia.

    Scientists will clean and conserve bones unearthed at Collinsville Station in the Burra region, just over 150 kilometres north of Adelaide, for a refurbished Megafauna Gallery at the Museum. The intention is to give locals (people within the Goyder Council District of South Australia) a hands-on experience of preparing ancient fossils with the expertise of our Palaeontology team.

    South Australian Museum Assistant Collections Manager of Palaeontology, Mary-Anne Binnie, is organising the workshop. She says it will offer an opportunity to people with no scientific background, but who are passionate about science and fossils, to engage in a project of global significance.

  • 05 October 2012

    Nature is Picture-Perfect

    The South Australian Museum has unveiled an exciting gallery of the best wildlife and wilderness photography of 2012.

    The annual ANZANG Nature Photography competition (photos from Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the New Guinea region) invites photographers from around the world to submit their images of native plants, animals and landscapes within this bioregion. The combination of improved technology and determination result in an exhibition of an astonishingly high standard. Entrants go to extraordinary lengths to capture their subject and this year's overall winner is no exception.