25-million-year-old eagle fossil adds new branch to family

Palaeontologists have uncovered the fossilised bones of a 25-million-year-old eagle. It’s a previously unknown species – and one of the oldest eagles in the world. “This species was slightly smaller and leaner than the wedge-tailed eagle, but it’s the largest eagle known from this time period in Australia,” says Ellen Mather, a PhD candidate at … Continue reading 25-million-year-old eagle fossil adds new branch to family

The Flinders Ranges look incredible from space

The many colourful curves and folds of the northern Flinders Ranges are a feature of this false-colour image captured by the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. The Flinders are a classic example of a folded mountain range. Folded ranges form when two or more of Earth’s tectonic plates collide – folding and pushing layers of land … Continue reading The Flinders Ranges look incredible from space

150-year-old settlement rediscovered

The oldest known Australian example of a communal Irish settlement type has been discovered in country South Australia. An extensive geophysical study of the Baker’s Flat Irish settlement site near Kapunda has found the first – and possibly largest – clachan in Australia, says archaeologist Susan Arthure from Flinders University. It is also thought to … Continue reading 150-year-old settlement rediscovered