Latest Tasmania Stories

2008-07-15 07:25:00

According to researchers at the University of Tasmania in Australia, Tasmanian devils have started breeding at a younger age to beat an epidemic cancer that cuts their lives short. "We could be seeing evolution occurring before our eyes," says zoologist Menna Jones, a researcher at the university. Tasmanian devils, which are native to the island of Tasmania, weigh 20 to 30 pounds and were named by early European settlers because of their fierce screech and bad-tempers. Since 1996, the...

2008-06-19 12:01:00

Larry Werecky, Managing Director of Hunt Energy, advised Empire Energy Corporation International (OTCBB: EEGC) that he has mobilized the Hunt Rig #3 toward Tasmania in accordance with his agreement with Empire. Mr. Werecky said recent heavy rains in the Cooper Basin had settled and he had now completed the move to Sea Lake. Under its agreement with Empire, Hunt mobilized the oil and gas drilling rig to Sea Lake in Victoria, to fulfill a shallow drilling contract on the way to the Melbourne...

2008-06-16 18:00:23

FARGO, N.D., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, June 13, Jessica Ihry strolled down the aisle in Fargo, North Dakota, to wed fiance Matthew Linback. Off to the side of the altar, gently singing his hit song "The Guide" was none other than Tasmanian musician Cameron Tapp, 2007 Australian Artist of the Year and front man for the band, Borne. The couple had fallen in love with this romantic tune after hearing it on iTunes download of the week (the song hit #13 on the US digital Billboard...

2008-05-20 16:22:23

DNA from an extinct creature has been resurrected in a live animal for the first time. The genetic material, extracted from the extinct Tasmanian tiger, proved functional in mice. "As more and more species of animals become extinct, we are continuing to lose critical knowledge of gene function and their potential," said researcher Andrew Pask, a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Reviving genes from extinct animals can't bring them back to life, but it...

2008-05-20 09:05:00

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Texas, USA, have extracted genes from the extinct Tasmanian tiger (thylacine), inserted it into a mouse and observed a biological function "“ this is a world first for the use of the DNA of an extinct species to induce a functional response in another living organism.The results, published in the international scientific journal PLoS ONE this week, showed that the thylacine Col2a1 gene has a similar function...

2008-01-24 00:00:00

Scientists on Long Island are fighting the clock against the extinction of the Tasmanian devil -- a small, sharp-toothed mammal with a bone-chilling shriek -- now dying by the tens of thousands due to a mystifying facial cancer. Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory say the disease, passed animal to animal through bites in which malignant cells are transmitted, raises new questions about cancer itself. Caused neither by viruses nor bacteria, the researchers are trying to...

2007-04-10 09:00:00

By ROD McGUIRK CANBERRA, Australia - Scientists are planning to move Tasmanian devils - the Australian marsupial made famous as a snarling, whirlwind character in Warner Bros. cartoons - to an island sanctuary to avert the animals' threatened extinction from a mysterious cancer. But some scientists fear that in their haste to save the species, authorities could wreak further environmental damage and risk the survival of other endangered animals by introducing the devils into a habitat...

2006-07-10 13:34:10

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When an American minister, Darryl R. Peebles, typed his name into an Internet search engine he was surprised to find another Daryl R. Peebles living in the Australian island state of Tasmania. But the surprises kept coming. After the minister contacted the Australian Daryl Peebles and over a series of e-mails the two found they had far more in common that just a name. They were both born in 1949. Both have three children with a child born in 1975 and in 1977....

2006-02-02 18:01:20

CANBERRA, Australia -- A mysterious illness that has killed tens of thousands of Tasmanian devils is caused by cancerous tumors that are spread by ferocious squabbling among the carnivorous marsupials, according to research published Thursday. Numbers of the black, fox-sized scavengers with a bloodcurdling growl and powerful jaws that crunch through the bones of much larger animals have plunged in the past decade on Australia's island state of Tasmania, which is their only natural habitat....

2006-02-01 13:16:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Tasmanian devils, animals found only in Tasmania, are dying in droves from a facial cancer that scientists said on Wednesday they are spreading to each other through bites. In a report in the journal Nature, the scientists said a genetic analysis of the cancer shows the tumors are identical in each animal they studied. "We propose that the disease is transmitted by ... an infectious cell line passed directly between the animals through bites they inflict on one...

Latest Tasmania Reference Libraries

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....

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

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Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.