Many species on the planet, whether they be birds, fish or insects rely on the Earth's magnetic field to guide migration or assist navigation. This remarkable sense is known as magnetoreception. Dr David Keays of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna will present his investigations into the magnetite based theory of magnetoreception, particularly in the pigeon Columbia livia.
Chitons are marine molluscs commonly seen on coastlines throughout the world. Intriguingly, their teeth are reinforced with the hardest and most magnetic form of iron oxide, magnetite. Jeremy Shaw of the CMCA will present research findings of interest to biologists and materials scientists alike.
The hardened teeth of chitons allows these unique animals to survive by scraping algae from the rocks upon which they live.
Fossil eggshell has widely been regarded as being 'devoid' of DNA, however Charlotte Oskam from the Ancient DNA Laboratory at Murdoch University, with the help of microscopy techniques at CMCA, has isolated fossil avian DNA from eggshells. Charlotte will discuss insights into extinction processes gained from the recent discovery.
A world-first imaging and analysis facility with the ability to search for evidence of the earliest life on Earth, help find new ore deposits, and detect weapons-grade uranium in minute dust particles has been opened at The University of Western Australia.
The University of Western Australia now boasts a world-first imaging and analysis facility with the addition of a powerful and sensitive instrument that can search for evidence of the earliest life on Earth, help find new ore deposits, and detect weapons-grade uranium in minute dust particles.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia are studying the teeth structure of a mollusc in the hope of copying it to develop new biosynthetic materials with far-reaching biomedical, industrial and environmental applications.
A well preserved embryo has been discovered inside a fossilised fish some 380-million years old from Gogo, in the Kimberley district of Western Australia. This is the oldest example of live birth known amongst the vertebrates.