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  • Fossils of three new bandicoot species

    8 Jun 2021

    Oldest fossil bilby and bandicoots discovered by WA Museum scientist

    Western Australian Museum scientist Dr Kenny Travouillon has discovered the new oldest fossil bilby and bandicoot, which were found in central Australia.

    The oldest fossil bilby (Bulbadon warburtonae) has now been identified as 24.9 million years old. The previous was 10 million years old.

    The oldest fossil bandicoot was 24.9 million years old and now the oldest fossil bandicoot (Bulungu minkinaensis) has been identified as 26 million years old. The research was published this week in Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

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    Flora Perrella

  • The WA Museum Boola Bardip exterior from above

    8 Jun 2021

    Value of museums demonstrated during COVID-19

    A survey made available by the Council of Australian Museum Directors (CAMD) has found that 78 million visitors attend its 22 museums onsite or online over the past year. These large numbers are in part because museums are some of the most trusted institutions in society.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Model of the Batavia

    24 May 2021

    Brickwrecks: Sunken ships in LEGO® bricks! at the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

    A compelling new exhibition using LEGO® bricks plunges enthusiasts into the stories behind eight of the world’s most fascinating shipwrecks.

    A partnership between Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught, the Western Australian Museum, and the Australian National Maritime Museum brings Brickwrecks: Sunken ships in LEGO® bricks! to the WA Maritime Museum from Sunday, 27 June.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A silver and black radio adapted to conceal a camera, c1965.

    3 May 2021

    Stories of secret agents and espionage exposed

    Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction.

    Spy: espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

    On tour from the National Archives of Australia, Spy brings the stories of real spies out of the shadows and into the light at the Museum of the Great Southern from 8 May to 25 July 2021.

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    Sharna Craig

  • A fire burning at Mt Barney National Park

    27 Apr 2021

    Wonders of the natural world to go on show at the Museum of Geraldton

    The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 exhibition will open at the Museum of Geraldton on Saturday 8 May 2021. 
     
    This breathtaking exhibition allows us to witness the unique beauty of the flora, fauna and landscapes of our own back yard and the world around us, while celebrating the natural heritage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregions. 
     
    The overall 2020 winner was Ben Blanche of Queensland for his photograph of a fire caused by a lightning strike in the Mount

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    Sharna Craig

  • Baby Australovenator puppet with handler

    9 Mar 2021

    Dinosaurs take over WA Museum Boola Bardip this April

    Dinosaurs will roam the WA Museum Boola Bardip these April school holidays as the Museum welcomes Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.

    Audiences will meet an amazing array of prehistoric creatures from baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet.

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    Sharna Craig

  • Diving near the Omeo wreck

    16 Feb 2021

    Enjoy the Omeo wreck, but ‘look don’t touch’ to preserve the significant site and its sea life.

    The Western Australian Museum has joined the City of Cockburn to appeal for visitors to the Omeo wreck at Coogee Maritime Trail to take care of the historic site.

    The popular underwater Trail off Socrates Parade in North Coogee has experienced an influx of visitors in recent months as more people explore their own backyard during COVID-19 travel restrictions.

    As a result, the area has been inundated with visitors, many standing on the wreck, causing damage to the fragile steel hull while also harming the marine habitat and the sea life it supports.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Gogo app

    29 Jan 2021

    Gogo digital platform provides a deep dive into amazing stories at WA Museum Boola Bardip

    Today the Western Australian Museum launched an innovative digital guide to the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

    Named ‘Gogo’ the guide provides a huge amount of additional information about 250 specially selected items in the Museum. It allows visitors to take a ‘highlights’ tour around each of the eight exhibition galleries, or explore the stories behind the collections in much more detail.

    Using oral histories, letters, photographs, videos and expert interviews, and some augmented reality, Gogo provides a rich new experience for visitors.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Troglodiplura lowryi

    27 Jan 2021

    Rare species of cave-dwelling spiders named in honour of Thai cave rescuers

    New species of the world’s most specialised cave-dwelling trapdoor spider, Troglodiplura, have been named in honour of key people involved in the 2018 Thai cave rescue.

    Four new species of the rare, blind, cave-dwelling spiders found only in permanently dark zones in caves of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain have been named and published by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    WA Museum lead scientist Dr Mark Harvey said he and his team wanted to pay tribute to the key people involved in the Thai cave rescue and named the new species in their honour.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Animal head terminal from harness bow

    16 Dec 2020

    The Vikings are here! Real Viking Age artefacts at the WA Maritime Museum

    The largest collection of authentic Viking artefacts to ever come to Western Australia is now on display at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle!

    The international touring exhibition Vikings: Warriors of the North, Giants of the Sea offers a fascinating glimpse into the dramatic world of ancient Vikings at home and abroad.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Male Draculoides anachoretus

    28 Oct 2020

    Researchers count 13 new species of fanged arachnids in the Pilbara

    Researchers from the Western Australian Museum and The University of Western Australian have discovered 13 new species of the elusive ‘spricket’ in Australia’s north-west, a creature that looks like a cross between a spider and a cricket and is only around 3mm long and 0.5mm wide.

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    Flora Perrella

  • 24 Aug 2020

    Win a Broome Adventure

    The Foundation for the WA Museum and Channel 7 are giving you a chance to win a once in a lifetime Broome adventure worth up to $40,000! 

    You and a friend could win return flights to Broome, a five-night luxury adventure aboard True North AND five nights at Cable Beach Club.

    To find out more visit https://fwam.com.au/2020Lottery

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia

    8 Jun 2020

    Comprehensive field guide to seastars captures esteemed 60-year career

    To mark World Oceans Day, renowned Western Australian Museum scientist 90-year-old Loisette Marsh launched her magnum opus – Field Guide to the Seastars of Australia.

    WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said Ms Marsh was one of only two scientists in Australia who specialised in echinoderms (the group of marine invertebrates that includes seastars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sand dollars, and crinoids) taxonomy, making this book a significant contribution to science.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Ocean, red dirt and car driving along a dusty road - aerial shot.

    4 Jun 2020

    WA Museums reopen this weekend!

    All Western Australian Museum sites will reopen to visitors on Saturday, 6 June.

    We cannot wait to welcome people back to our sites, and we can assure everyone that the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors is our single most important priority.

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    Katherine Jeffries

  • Garypus ranalliorum

    2 Jun 2020

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions from Indo-West Pacific

    Nine new species of pseudoscorpions have been described by Western Australian Museum scientists.

    Previously there were 26 species of the Garypus pseudoscorpion known to science, and, of those, only a few came from the Indo-West Pacific region.

    Head of Terrestrial Zoology at the WA Museum Dr Mark Harvey and his colleagues Dr Joel Huey, Jose Carvajal, and Mia Hillyer recently published a paper naming the new species. The discoveries are a result of the WA Museum’s review of national and international museum specimens.

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    Flora Perrella

  • Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway

    5 Mar 2020

    WA’s own Whale Super Highway

    One of the greatest animal migrations on the planet takes place along the Western Australian coast every year. From the Kimberley’s Camden Sound to the freezing waters of Antarctica, this 6,500km route is taken by some of the largest animals on Earth, Humpback Whales.

    The WA Maritime Museum is showcasing this extraordinary migration in a superb immersive film experience, Under the Dome: Whale Super Highway. This 180-degree cinematic adventure takes a stunning look at the life of these gentle giants as they make their journey.

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    Flora Perrella

  • RV Falkor

    4 Mar 2020

    Illuminating the biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    The unique creatures of the Ningaloo Canyons will be studied and catalogued by researchers from the Western Australian Museum in an expedition to the largely unexplored deep sea environment.

    The researchers, led by Western Australian Museum Molecular Systematics Unit Manager Dr Nerida Wilson, will set sail from Fremantle on March 8 aboard the research vessel RV Falkor.

    The 82m Falkor is owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which was established by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009.

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    Flora Perrella

  • A 14cm tall shark tooth belonging to a Carcharocles megalodon found in hard limestone rock at Cape Range National Park

    3 Mar 2020

    Prehistoric shark teeth found in Western Australia

    Cape Range National Park near Exmouth was once a feeding ground for some of the largest prehistoric predators that ever lived in Earth’s oceans.

    Western Australian Museum scientists made the discovery when they uncovered 38 teeth belonging to Carcharocles megalodon, a prehistoric shark that research suggests grew to between 15 and 19 metres in length.

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    Sharna Craig

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