Evolutionary impacts of climate change in Australia's fossil record
Grant number: DE180100629 | Funding period: 2018 - 2020
This project aims to identify evolutionary responses to climate change in Australia's fossil record by comparing variation in lizard and frog communities across geological time. Using X-ray techniques on museum specimens, this project will generate a large-scale database for tracking evolutionary shifts in relation to historical climatic events. Expected outcomes include the first anatomical descriptions for many species, filling major gaps in our ability to place fossils in a contemporary framework. This research will demonstrate the value of our national collections for addressing important environmental issues, such as biodiversity, extinction, and future habitat change.
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Postnatal development in a marsupial model, the fat-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata; Dasyuromorphia: Dasyuridae)
Laura E Cook, Axel H Newton, Christy A Hipsley, Andrew J Pask
Marsupials exhibit unique biological features that provide fascinating insights into many aspects of mammalian development. These ..
Ontogenetic origins of cranial convergence between the extinct marsupial thylacine and placental gray wolf
Axel H Newton, Vera Weisbecker, Andrew J Pask, Christy A Hipsley
Phenotypic convergence, describing the independent evolution of similar characteristics, offers unique insights into how natural s..
High-throughput microCT scanning of small specimens: preparation, packing, parameters and post-processing
Christy A Hipsley, Rocio Aguilar, Jay R Black, Scott A Hocknull
High-resolution X-ray microcomputed tomography, or microCT (μCT), enables the digital imaging of whole objects in three dimensions..
Letting the 'cat' out of the bag: pouch young development of the extinct Tasmanian tiger revealed by X-ray computed tomography
Axel H Newton, Frantisek Spoutil, Jan Prochazka, Jay R Black, Kathryn Medlock, Robert N Paddle, Marketa Knitlova, Christy A Hipsley, Andrew J Pask
The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) was an iconic Australian marsupial predator that was hunted to extincti..