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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

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 23 January, 2019
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Major fossil find sheds new light on the life a 100 million-year-old snail

An international research team from China, UK, Canada, and Monash University has discovered the first and oldest preserved soft tissue of a terrestrial gastropod – a snail – in the fossil record.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 12 October, 2018
Clawed forelimbs

Sharp claws helped ancient seals conquer the oceans

When catching and eating large prey, top predators use tools like sharp teeth and strong claws to tear apart their food. Such weapons are common in predators on the land, but in the water, animals like seals and whales are better known for having

Biology 18 April, 2018
The hypsilophodont dinosaur. Credit: Dr Peter Trusler

Fossil bone tissue provides new insights into the lives of Australia’s polar dinosaurs

Research involving two Monash palaeontologists has produced the first life history reconstructions of the small plant-eating dinosaurs from Victoria, Australia.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 19 January, 2018
Amber

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules

A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia’s prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 11 December, 2017
The Scincidae

Linkage Project Grant to examine the secret life of lizards

Australia is species poor for birds, mammals and frogs, but our environment has enabled reptiles to flourish.

Biology 8 December, 2017
Bamboo Lemur

Climate change predicted to be a stealthy killer of Bamboo Lemurs

International research involving a Monash biologist warns that Bamboo Lemurs could become extinct as climate change eradicates their preferred food source – tender bamboo shoots.

Biology 27 October, 2017
Pine Cones

Early global greenhouse event gave rise to fire-adapted trees

Conifers that were living at the South Pole show an extreme adaptation to forest fires.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 18 October, 2017
Marchantia polymorpha

The common and simple liverwort provides new insights into plant evolution

For most people, the simple liverwort, a moss-like shrub, is a common garden pest that thrives in damp conditions. But for Professor John Bowman from the Monash School of Biological Sciences, the liverwort could hold the key to how plants evolved.

Biology 6 October, 2017