The South Australian Museum is a major centre of exciting scientific discovery. Our institution plays an important global role as our scientists work to understand and conserve Australia's natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations.

Researchers embark on amazing adventures across the world to discover and describe new species of fauna and their relationship with the environment, provide valuable advice to policymakers, lawyers and corporations, and act as custodians of the Museum's extensive national collections.

Our scientists are world leaders in fields such as evolutionary biology, mineralogy, palaeontology and terrestrial invertebrates. UNLOCKED brings you the hidden gems from the South Australian Museum.

Be inspired as you unearth the secrets of our science.

  • 01 August 2014

    Museum Researcher Reveals How Dinosaurs Evolved Into Birds

    Our everyday feathered friends are fast-evolving relatives of dinosaurs, according to a new study published today by Adelaide scientist Dr Mike Lee and colleagues, in the prestigious journal Science.

    Senior Research Scientist Dr Mike Lee (jointly appointed at the South Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide) already has a fascinating portfolio of studies into ancient life. In his latest paper published in Science, his team used sophisticated mathematical modelling to trace how adaptations and body size evolved across the dinosaur family tree.

  • 03 July 2014

    Australian Aboriginal Knowledge in Urban Culture

    The South Australian Museum is known as a world-class institution in the fields of Australian Aboriginal archaeology and anthropology. It offers outstanding programs for young people to connect with one of the world’s oldest living cultures in meaningful ways.

    Next week from Monday 7 July, the Museum opens its doors to visitors to enjoy an exciting range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural activities. This School Holiday program shines with music, visual arts, storytelling, scientific activities and theatre. Showcasing the best of the Museum’s knowledge and the expertise of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the program promotes the ongoing engagement with Australia’s indigenous cultures.

  • 15 May 2014

    Spotlight on Parasites

    Video footage filmed using a microscope is bringing curious creatures to life as part of the South Australian Museum’s specialist research into parasites.

    Associate Professor Ian Whittington is part of an internationally renowned team at the Museum that studies parasites and helps industries deal with their impact. Associate Professor Whittington has used monogenean parasites, which principally infect fishes, as a model research system and has published around 150 papers on different elements of their infection, invasion and reproductive biology, ecology, biodiversity and control.