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Gliding Jurassic Mammals, Huge Dinosaurs and Ice Age Birds

A 160-million-year-old gliding mammal (Maiopatagium) discovered in China. Credit: Prof Zhe-Xi Luo, University of Chicago

A 160-million-year-old gliding mammal (Maiopatagium) discovered in China. Credit: Prof Zhe-Xi Luo, University of Chicago

By John Long

Gliding Jurassic Mammals, Huge Dinosaurs and Ice Age Birds

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The Amazing Dinosaur Tracks of Broome

By John Long

The discovery of a diverse range of dinosaur tracks fills in a huge gap that tells us what kinds of dinosaurs once inhabited Australia during the first quarter of the Cretaceous period.

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Getting a Palaeontology Job in Australia

By John Long

Australia’s funding system disadvantages students attempting to turn their palaeontology studies into a career.

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Explorer’s Tragic Burden Transformed Geology

By John Long

Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition sowed the first seeds of Gondwana.

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Footprints in Time

By John Long

Tetrapod trackways are helping to decode the behaviour of these Devonian creatures.

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Fossil Sites Can Co-exist with Ecotourists

By John Long

Palaeo-ecotours could generate income for research and conservation at fossil sites.

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The Best of Australian Palaeontology on Show

By John Long

The public is welcome to attend one of Australia’s largest palaeontology conferences.

Adelaide has always been a hotspot for top-class palae­ontology research. South Australia is home to one of Australia’s two Unesco World Heritage fossil sites, the Naracoorte Fossil Caves, and has the internationally famous Ediacara Hills sites, which date to the Ediacaran Period (635–542 million years ago) and should also be made a World Heritage site one day. The newly discovered Emu Bay fossil site on Kangaroo Island is also one of the most significant sites of Early Cambrian age anywhere, with exquisite soft-bodied preservation of a diverse assemblage of creatures.

The Heart of a Good Fossil

By John Long

Palaeontologists have found their Holy Grail: the fossilied heart of a Cretacean fish.

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When Will Australia Get Its First Real Mounted Dinosaur?

By John Long

Australian museums don’t display any dinosaurs mounted from real bones into a life-like position.

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The Rise of High-Tech Palaeontology

By John Long

High-tech scanners now enable palaeontologists to gain new insights from significant fossils embedded in solid rock.

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