The big birds came to Tassie by sea, scientists find
Researchers have found that the Tasmanian sub-species of Australia's largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, probably flew to the island in the past 100-plus years and did not develop separately when ...
Southern sea levels rise drastically
(Phys.org) -- Sea levels have risen about 20cm in the South West Pacific since the late 19th century, a new scientific study shows.
Bigger and brainier: did dingoes kill thylacines?
Direct attacks by introduced dingoes may have led to the extinction on the Australian mainland of the iconic marsupial predator, the thylacine, a new study suggests.
Sympathy for the devils
Better than sympathy, now there's hope for the devil -- the Tasmanian devil, that is.
Australia's devils to get fresh start on new island
A group of Tasmanian devils will be transferred to a small Australian island to start what is hoped will be a self-sustaining population, free from the facial tumour that has devastated their species.
What's killing Tassie devils if it isn't a contagious cancer?
Scientists have been trying to figure out the cause of the deadly cancer affecting so many Tasmanian devils but the research doesn't seem to be providing many useful answers. What if they're looking in the ...
What's causing Australia's heat wave?
Australia has started 2013 with a record-breaking heat wave that has lasted more than two weeks across many parts of the country. Temperatures have regularly gone above 48°C, with the highest recorded maximum ...
Lizard sex linked to climate
(PhysOrg.com) -- A Tasmanian lizard has evolved to give birth to more male or more female offspring depending on climatic conditions, Oxford University scientists have discovered.
Prehistoric cold case links humans to Tasmanian megafauna extinctions
A team of Australian and New Zealand researchers have discovered fresh evidence that could finally unravel the mystery of what killed Tasmania's giant marsupials over 40,000 years ago.
Australia heatwave part of global trend: IPCC chief
Australia's extreme summer heatwave, which caused devastating bushfires and saw temperature forecasts go off the scale, is part of a global warming trend, the UN's climate panel chief said Tuesday.
Australia's Hobart experiences hottest day
Australia's southern island of Tasmania has experienced its hottest day since records began, with the capital Hobart sweltering at 41.8 Celsius (107.2 Fahrenheit) on Friday.
School engagement predicts success later in life
Children's interest and engagement in school influences their prospects of educational and occupational success 20 years later, over and above their academic attainment and socioeconomic background, researchers ...
Eastern bettongs bounce back
(Phys.org) -- The release of Eastern bettongs from Tasmania into the ACTs predator-proof sanctuary at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve last week, could be the key to help recover endangered Box Gum grassy ...
Genetic safety in numbers, platypus study finds
(Phys.org) -- Platypuses on the Australian mainland and in Tasmania are fighting fit but those on small islands are at high risk of being wiped out from disease, according to a University of Sydney study.