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2013-09-23 11:41:15

While we grapple with the impact of climate change, archaeologists suggest we spare a thought for Aboriginal Australians who had to cope with the last ice age. "The period scientists call the Last Glacial Maximum, or LGM for short, is the most significant climatic event ever faced by humans on this continent," Associate Professor Sean Ulm from James Cook University in Cairns said. Research recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science sheds new light on the ways Aboriginal...

Dingoes Wrongly Accused Of Animal Extinctions
2013-09-10 17:32:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Ecology say that despite popular belief, the Australian dingo should not be blamed for mass extinctions. Dingoes have been blamed for the extinctions of the Tasmanian tiger and the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago. Instead, the scientists blame Aboriginal populations and a shift in climate. "Perhaps because the public perception of dingoes as 'sheep-killers' is so...

Tasmanian Tiger Extinct Because Of Humans, Not Disease
2013-02-01 09:55:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by researchers at the University of Adelaide concludes that humans alone may have been responsible for the extinction of Australia's iconic native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine). The study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Animal Ecology, used a new population modeling approach to contradict the widespread belief that disease must have been a factor in the thylacine's extinction. The Tasmanian...

Tasmanian Wildlife Threatened By Fox Invasion
2012-12-05 05:00:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team led by the University of Canberra has used DNA detection techniques to map the presence of foxes in Tasmania. They also predicted the foxes spread and developed a model of their likely distribution as a blueprint for fox eradication. The team asserts that swift and decisive action is needed. Stephen Sarre, University of Canberra professor in wildlife genetics, found that foxes are widespread in eastern and northern...

Tasmanian Devils Should Be Less Aggressive To Survive
2012-09-05 10:13:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials found on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is known for its muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and ferocity when feeding. That ferocity is causing the problem, and maybe the extinction of the animal. Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), a fatal infectious cancer spread by...


Latest Tasmania Reference Libraries

Telopea truncata
2014-10-14 11:32:45

Telopea truncata is a shrub or small tree species. The species may also be referred to commonly as the Tasmanian waratah. T. truncata belongs to the Proteaceae family. The plant can be found growing naturally only in Tasmania in Australia. The T. truncata species will typically grow to approximately 10 feet tall. The mulit-stemmed plant occasionally grows as a single stemmed plant, in which case it may grow as tall as 25 feet tall. The shrub blooms between November and February. The flower...

Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae
2014-07-31 10:47:16

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species. As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin...

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus
2013-09-27 10:45:36

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the bare-nosed wombat or the coarse-haired wombat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes Tasmania and the mountainous areas just south of Queensland, although it is declining in drier areas of its range. It was first described in 1800 by George Shaw and it holds three subspecies. The common wombat has a sturdy body, reaching an average length between 2.6 and 4.2 feet and a weight between 37.4 and 88.1...

Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula
2013-09-23 13:56:03

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Australia in a range that extends from northern, eastern, several eastern areas of Australia, Tasmania, and a number of islands like Barrow Island and Kangaroo Island. This species was introduced into New Zealand in 1840, where it has now become an abundant species. It prefers to reside in a variety of habitats including semiarid areas, forests,...

Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred bandicoot is most active during the nighttime and is solitary in nature, excluding mothers and young....

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Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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