Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Fossil File

Fossil File

The Cutting Edge of Palaeontology

By John Long

New techniques are enabling palaeontologists to test hypotheses about major evolutionary transitions.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

The Placoderm Renaissance

By John Long

Placoderm fish were once thought to be an evolutionary dead end, but new evidence is rewriting their importance to the ancestry of all jawed animals – including humans.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

World's Oldest Fossil Sperm Found at Riversleigh

By John Long

Synchrotron imaging of a 16 million-year-old ostracod found in NSW has revealed the world’s oldest fossilised sperm.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

The Rise of Arthropods

By John Long

Spectacular arthropod fossils have shed light on their early anatomy, and might one day help resolve the mystery of their distant origins.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Scans Reveal Our Fishy Ancestry

By John Long

A synchrotron scan of a 400 million-year-old fish has revealed how far back our own facial structures evolved, and a 28 million-year-old toothed whale fossil has revealed the origins of echolocation in modern whales.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.