April 2013

  • 25 April 2013

    Exploring the Layers of Life

    Senior geologists from every Australian state have toured the famous Ediacaran fossil sites in the Flinders Ranges, on a visit led by the South Australian Museum's Palaeontologist Prof Jim Gehling.

    The fossils of the oldest known marine animal communities from more than 550 million years ago are preserved in rocks from South Australia's Flinders Ranges, and especially in places like Brachina Gorge and Nilpena.

    Australia's chief geologists from the Federal Government's Geoscience Australia, the State Geological Survey, oversee geological information that is vital for Australia's future. They work with industry towards "the responsible development of the nation's resources, including management of the environment; cleaner and low emissions energy technology, marine planning and protection and community safety".

  • 09 April 2013

    Discovering the Origins of Life

    The South Australian Museum will tonight welcome internationally-renowned Palaeontologist, Professor Guy Narbonne from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, to speak at our Sprigg Lecture series.

    Professor Narbonne has made several significant discoveries of Pre-Cambrian life, breaking new ground in his field and working with the South Australian Museum's Dr Jim Gehling on several key projects concerning the Ediacara biota. He has travelled the world, speaking at major events and sharing his passion for discovery of the origins of animals.

    Some of the vital questions to be answered, he said, were: "how did we get here, and what makes us different from the 15 other extinct experiments that arose at the same time?

  • 04 April 2013

    Dolphin Experts to Investigate Deaths

    South Australian Museum researchers will conduct a post-mortem examination on a dolphin at our Bolivar site on Friday this week – one of 16 dolphins found dead on regional and metropolitan beaches during March.

    It will be the fourth necropsy conducted by the Museum team as part of an investigation into the deaths.

    Senior Researcher in Mammals Dr Cath Kemper and Honorary Researcher Ikuko Tomo are part of a team assigned to gather information on the deceased dolphins for a statewide taskforce. Results should be available over the coming weeks.

    Dr Kemper said while the cause of the deaths is unclear, the sheer number is unusual.