• Focus

    Cosmos Q&A: Why we must value parasites

    Researchers propose a global conservation plan.

    Parasites don’t get great PR or a lot of consideration when we're talking conservation. An international team hopes t...

    Biology August 6, 2020
  • A plan for a unified species classification

    Scientists propose 10 principles to streamline taxonomy.

    As the Earth faces a growing environmental crisis, scientists are calling for agreement on a single, streamlined list...

    Animals July 10, 2020
  • The Night King reigns in Australia

    Leader of the White Walkers also flies.

    This is Paramonovius nightking, a bee fly named after the Night King of Game of Thrones fame because it reigns in win...

    Animals June 30, 2019
  • Meet the cookie micro-monster

    New wasp species named after snack, because why not?

    Science humour is a curious thing. Meet Sathon oreo, a newly described Australian wasp, named after a popular America...

    Animals April 11, 2019
  • Conversation

    Naming names, and why it's important

    Taxonomy isn’t glamorous, but it is critical.

    Museums are cathedrals of science, but they are under threat worldwide as part of a malaise of undervaluing museum co...

    Earth November 16, 2018
  • Dino evolutionary tree replanted

    Dinosaur ancestry was long thought to be settled.

    A new hypothesis is set to completely rewrite the dinosaur family tree, overturning 130 years of conventional taxonom...

    Palaeontology March 26, 2017
  • Scientists find crab up tree

    A newly discovered species of crab lives on tree branches.

    Haberma tingkok: not your average crab. Credit: Dr. Peter K. L. Ng For many people in coastal regions around the wor...

    Biology March 23, 2017
  • New proposal challenges definition of species

    If you thought the concept of ‘species’ was simple, think again.

    Is species fitness tied to how mitochondrial and nucleic DNA interact? Credit: Pexels A fascinating new hypothesis p...

    Biology March 8, 2017
  • Creatures that defy what we know about plants

    Some organisms whose nature is more mystifying.

    You might have played the game called “animal, vegetable, mineral”. One player thinks of an object or organism and th...

    Biology December 13, 2016
  • Book: The Dingo Debate

    A book that looks at origins and status of Australia’s native dog.

    NON FICTION The dingo debate: origins, behaviour and conservation Bdited by Bradley Smith CSIRO Publishing (2015) An...

    Biology October 19, 2015
  • Deep sea glass sponge

    Not quite an animal, nor a fungus or plant.

    Sponges are considered the most simple of multicellular animals, and have physically changed very little over the 800...

    Biology March 6, 2012