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Kangaroo Poo DNA Test Aids In Conservation Efforts
2013-06-07 07:31:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A simple and cost effective DNA test has been developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Environment Institute to identify kangaroo species from their droppings. This will boost the ability to manage and conserve kangaroo populations. DNA extracted from hundreds of droppings collected across north-eastern Australia was used to develop the test, according to a paper...

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2011-08-10 06:50:00

By Carol Clark, Emory University Paleontologists have discovered a group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks on the coast of Victoria, Australia, offering a rare glimpse into animal behavior during the last period of pronounced global warming, about 105 million years ago. The discovery, reported in the journal Alcheringa, is the largest and best collection of polar dinosaur tracks ever found in the Southern Hemisphere. "These tracks provide us with a direct indicator of how these dinosaurs...

2009-07-16 10:03:49

Internationally renowned palaeontologist and Monash University Honorary Research Associate, Dr Anthony Martin has found evidence of a dinosaur burrow along the coast of Victoria, which helps to explain how dinosaurs protected themselves from climate extremes during the Cretaceous period "“ the final era for dinosaurs before their extinction.Dr Martin made the discovery of the 2 metre-long burrow in 2006 while researching dinosaur tracks at Knowledge Creek, west of Melbourne, and has had...


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Copper laurel, Eupomatia laurina, leaves and flower
2014-02-10 09:02:13

Eupomatia is a genus of flowering shrub that contains 3 recorded species known to science. They belong to the ancient Eupomatiaceae family. Eupomatia are hermaphroditic trees or shrubs with simple green leaves. They produce ivory or red and yellow flowers that measure 1.2 to 1.6 inches in diameter. The fruit it produces is a fleshy berry. This fruit is popular in traditional Australian drinks, preservatives and pastries. Eupomatia barbata is commonly referred to as the Northern small...

Zamia Fern, Bowenia spectabilis
2014-01-30 07:24:18

Bowenia spectabilis is a species of cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as the “Zamia fern”. The plant is regularly found in Australia, specifically in northeastern Queensland from the Mcllwraith Range to Tully. The population is estimated at an excess of 10,000 plants. Bowenia spectabilis have flourished in subtropical or tropical, moist lowland forests. It can be found growing close to streams and on sheltered slopes and even in the high altitudes in the Atherton...

Supurb Fairywren, Malurus cyaneus
2009-07-17 10:52:12

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), is an ordinary passerine bird of the fairy-wren family Maluridae. This bird is also known as the Superb Blue-wren or informally as Blue wren. It can be found throughout southeastern Australia, and is territorial and not migratory. This particular species presents a great level of sexual dimorphism. The breeding feathers of the male are a vibrant blue on the forehead, ear conceals, tail and mantle, with black covering the face. The throat is sometimes...

Red-winged Fairy-wren, Malurus elegans
2009-07-17 10:44:51

The Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans) is a passerine bird in the fairy-wren family Maluridae. The southwestern edge of Western Australia is the native land to this lazy bird. The males of this species express a strong intensity of sexual dimorphism; their feathers change to a beautiful pattern of breeding colors. The black upper back and throat contrasts the red shoulders with a silvery-blue head, pale lower side and grey-brown wings and tail. This coloration greatly differs from the...

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2008-07-11 16:19:07

The Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta), is found mainly in Australia and New Guinea. In Australia it occurs in thickets throughout much of western, northern and eastern Australia, being absent only from the coldest or wettest areas. The Brown Honeyeaters have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding. Photo Copyright and Credit

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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