Toadlet in Trouble

THE RED-CROWNED TOADLET is facing ever increasing threats, but thanks to some dedicated volunteers, help is on the way. Restricted exclusively to sandstone areas around Sydney, the toadlets’ home has been impacted by habitat loss due to sandstone harvesting for garden landscaping as well as pollution, disease and changed fire regimes. The 3cm-long red-crowned toadlet is … Continue reading

Surprise DNA extracted from ancient poo

A MASS OF 30,000-YEAR-OLD waste material has become the oldest environmental sample from which DNA has been obtained in Australia. In another first, while it was previously thought unrealistic to extract DNA from hot, arid environments, the middens in question were located in the Pilbara region of WA, where temperatures soar. Pilbara DNA extracted from hot, … Continue reading

On this day: Ned Kelly is hanged

ON 11 NOVEMBER, 1880, notorious bushranger and infamous Australian character Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly was hanged for murder at the Melbourne Goal. Kelly and his gang were infamous through Australia in the 1870s for highway robbery, bank swindles and confrontations with local police. After going on the run in 1878, the gang also constructed unusual bullet-proof, … Continue reading