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Oh my God, I saw a dinosaur...

On the night of last Tuesday's Jurassic Lounge visitors were asked to give their feedback. We put up some feedback forms where people could write their comments on. Also, we asked them specifically what they liked best about Jurassic Lounge. It worked out very well, we got some great feedback! Here are some comments...

By: Ms Marloes Schepers, Category: At The Museum, Date: 24 Feb 2011

Crested Katydid collected from Queensland

An uncommon species of insect has been collected by staff at the Santos Ballera gas plant in Queensland and sent it to the Australian Museum for identification. The Santos staff there nicknamed it ‘Warnie’ as it was “green and gold". 'Warnie' has since been identified as a female member of the species Alectoria superba and is currently on display in My Photo Studio, part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

By: Mr Martyn Robinson, Category: At The Museum, Date: 20 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: A lost Mozambique Seabream

It has been a big week.  Highlights include the receipt of a Mozambique Seabream that was caught in a surprising location and a fact sheet about an unusual habitat for small fishes - sea slugs.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 18 Feb 2011

Dream weaver: a new collection of Maori Kete

Dream weavers: a new collection of contemporary Maori kete (baskets) acquired by the Australian Museum.  

By: Dion Peita, Category: Science, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Up Close and Spineless – The photographers.

Here’s what past entrants had to say in 2009 about Up Close and Spineless. It’s consistent growth since 2002 highlights a real interest in getting up close with invertebrates.

By: Rubén Reyes, Category: At The Museum, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Find out what past entrants of our Up Close and Spineless Photography Competition think of it?

In March 2009 we surveyed past entrants of the Museum’s annual photography competition Up Close and Spineless. The competition, which focuses on invertebrates and was launched in 2002 with 158 entries, has grown in popularity to attract over 500 entries in 2008. The survey was conducted to inform the future direction of the competition and investigate other photographic exhibition possibilities for the Museum.

By: Rubén Reyes, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Feb 2011

Museum Mystery Number one solved!

Museum Mystery number one is solved!

By: Ella Minton, Category: At The Museum, Date: 15 Feb 2011

Where do spiders go during flooding?

It not just humans that have had to face challenges from the recent flooding in Eastern Australia. An enquirer near Grafton has sent some interesting photos showing how the regions spiders have handled the rising water levels.

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 14 Feb 2011

This week in Fish: Small fishes and shark ageing

This week we feature a blog post on Dr Jeff Leis' research.  We show you how to age a shark by examining its backbone and present an image of a juvenile fish collected in French Polynesia, along with the net that collected it.  We welcome Dr Barry Russell, who is currently visiting the Fish Section to further his research on lizardfishes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Feb 2011

New scans of Percy Money PNG photos

With the help of our wonderful volunteers Sue Myatt and Nan Goodsell, we have just posted some new scans of the beautiful images taken by missionary Percy Money in Collingwood Bay, PNG in the early 1900s.

By: Vanessa Finney, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Feb 2011