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Fossil File

Fossil File

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.

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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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Solving the Mysteries of the Australian Megafauna

Credit: Aaron Camens, Flinders University

A skeleton of Diprotodon, Australia’s largest ever living land mammal, exposed at Lake Callabonna in South Australia. Credit: Aaron Camens, Flinders University

Two new papers have narrowed the date of Australia’s megafauna extinctions as well as the cause of their demise.

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Delving into Dinosaur Body Temperatures

By John Long

New research finds that the dinosaur ancestors of birds had quite high body temperatures.

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A New Cause for Three Global Mass Extinction Events

By John Long

Dangerously lows levels of trace elements might be implicated in three mass extinctions.

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Reflection on the Discovery of a New Fossil Human Species

By John Long

The discovery of a new ancient human is a reminder about how much we’ve modified the planet.

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