Latest blog entries

Little Antarctic worm raises big issues!

The Antarctic bristle worms Ophryotrocha orensanzi, were shown to be circumpolar, thus challenging some generally held opinions.

By: Dr Hannelore Paxton, Category: AMRI, Date: 20 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 6: The pestle that changed the world

The influence of this simple stone object stretched all the way to the Pacific, where this story takes a sudden, violent twist.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Apr 2018

What bat is that?

The identification of an unusual flying-fox found in Sydney raised more questions than answers

By: Dr Linda Neaves, Dr Greta Frankham, Dr Mark Eldridge, Dr Anja Divljan, Category: AMRI, Date: 16 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 5: The last tiger

Charles Wooley reveals the tragic tale of the death of the last wild thylacine.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 12 Apr 2018

Science on the Road – Far West Tour

The AM team traversed 3000 kilometres in two weeks to bring science to 350 students from Dubbo to Broken Hill.

By: Ashleigh Harrington, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 11 Apr 2018

How the urban bird gets the worm

Despite their proven predilection for carbohydrates, when the weather changes so does the diet of inner-city ibis.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 09 Apr 2018

Where did all the tiny brown frogs come from?

How small brown frogs are helping us understand the drivers of biodiversity in Asia.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: AMRI, Date: 05 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 4: The strange obsessions of Australia’s greatest crab collector

In the 1940s, naturalist Mel Ward created the Gallery of Natural History and Native Art in the Blue Mountains, exhibiting some 25,000 crabs.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 03 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 3: Charles Darwin and the curator’s chair

In 1874, Museum Curator Gerard Krefft espoused Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Board of Trustees were less than impressed.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Mar 2018

How sheep poo can help defend threatened native plants

Are Australia’s sheep eating threatened plants? Turns out they’ve been ‘dropping’ hints…

By: Dr Tim Lee, Category: AMRI, Date: 22 Mar 2018