Latest blog entries

What’s the difference between a frog and a toad?

As an amphibian biologist, it’s the most common question people ask me, but the answer is more complicated than you’d think.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jan 2014

Fascinating stories hidden amongst the Australian Museum’s most important records

The Australian Museum Trust Minutes reveals fascinating stories of the life of the museum.

By: Patricia Egan, Category: Science, Date: 17 Jan 2014

An Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity

Will the new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services address all the values of biodiversity?

By: Dr Dan Faith, Category: Science, Date: 15 Jan 2014

19 New Long-legged Flies from the Pilbara Region in Western Australia

For such an arid region, the Pilbara supports a great diversity of long-legged flies.

By: Dr Dan Bickel, Category: Science, Date: 15 Jan 2014

Mr EJ Bryce came home with a sun god in his suitcase

75 years ago the Museum received an intriguing donation, a replica of the Aztec Calendar Stone.

By: Anna Namuren, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Jan 2014

There’s no place like home for a potoroo

Genetic data reveal the secret world of one of Australia’s more elusive marsupial species.

By: Dr Greta Frankham, Dr Mark Eldridge, Category: Science, Date: 15 Jan 2014

World’s oldest fossil of the magpie family discovered in Queensland

A new genus and species of a songbird related to magpies and currawongs sheds light on the evolution of these birds in Australia.

By: Jacqueline Nguyen, Dr Walter Boles, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jan 2014

The ecology of Australian ‘Jewel Beetles’

Although famed for their beauty, we know surprisingly little about these beetle gems.

By: Dr Geoff Williams, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jan 2014

Balinese Expressions: Depicting the Invasion of Klungkung

A fall of the last Balinese Kingdom: in painting and words.

By: Dr Stan Florek, Category: Science, Date: 10 Jan 2014

Solving mysteries in the spider world

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Well, there are plenty to solve in the spider world!

By: Dr Helen Smith, Category: Science, Date: 07 Jan 2014