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Rainfall and temperature predicts bird colouration

Rainfall and temperature predicts bird colouration, study finds

An international study led by a Monash ornithologist has found variation in rainfall and temperature can affect the colours of birds. The study provides a new framework that can be used to understand how future changes in climate will affect animals.

Biology 19 February 2019

Monash scientists discover key to predicting fitness of birds

A male purple-crowned fair-wren

An international study led by Monash biologists has found that the length of a baby bird's telomeres, the DNA caps that protect chromosomes, can predict its future fitness.

Biology 12 February 2019

Researchers shed new light on the pulse of plate tectonics

Monash researchers have shown for the first time that the melting of rocks within the Earth’s continental crust occurs in ‘pulses’.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 7 February 2019

Melbourne and Adelaide night temperatures amplified by heatwaves, study finds

As if the daytime heatwave temperatures weren’t bad enough, Melbourne and Adelaide residents will also have to put up with nightly temperatures significantly higher than surrounding rural areas thanks to amplification caused by the ‘urban heat island effect’.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 24 January 2019
A matted layer of fossil Glossopteris leaves

The largest mass extinction of all time began with forest ecosystem collapse, study finds

World-first international research involving a Monash palaeontologist has provided new new insights into what caused the biotic crisis known as  the ‘Mother of all Mass-Extinctions’ or the ‘Great Dying’, in which up to 96% of marine species and 70% of land vertebrate species became extinct.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 23 January 2019
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