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8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota


Crustal plates and continental drift Gondwana species and the megafauna
Australian species and the ecosystem - scientists' changing ideas Huxley-Wilberforce debate
Mitosis and meiosis Australian biota and biodiversity

 

Evolution of Australian Biota - Museum in a Box, books, specimens, teacher's notes and more from Australian Museum

Crustal plates and continental drift

It's Just a Theory - an Internet WebQuest produced by UniServe Science on the Theory of Plate Tectonics

The Great Continental Drift Mystery - from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute - full lecture notes

Gondwana and continental drift: if we'd only been there to see . . - from Dinosaur Dreaming, Monash University

Plate Tectonics , and Evidence for Plate Tectonics - from the Online Journey Through Astronomy, The University of Tennessee

When the Earth Moves - Seafloor Spreading and Plate Tectonics - from Beyond Discovery, The National Academy of Sciences; 10-page summary

All About Plate Tectonics: Earth's Plates and Continental Drift - from Enchanted Learning - colourful page with good figures/images

The Dynamic Earth: the Story of Plate Tectonics - from United States Geological Survey. Also downloadable as a pdf (3.75 MB)

Dispersal of Gondwanaland - from Leeds University - outline maps show position of continents at different times. Use Print Screen key to capture images.

Plate Tectonics: Earth Like a Puzzle - from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (simple introduction to plate tectonics), with further links, e.g. Putting the puzzle together

Plate tectonics animations - from Museum of Paleontology, University of California Berkeley


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Gondwana species and the megafauna

Salient Features in the Geological History of Australia with Special Reference to Changes of Climate - from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia's Megafauna - a WebQuest produced by UniServe Science on Australia's megafauna and possible causes for its extinction

Stephen Wroe: Popular articles - an archive of popular articles on Australian animals, written by Stephen Wroe. Articles are available to download in pdf format

Fossil Sites of Australia - from The Australian Museum, with links on this page under "Fossil Sites of Australia" to Riversleigh, Murgon, Bluff Downs, Lightning Ridge and Naracoorte fossil locations

Monotremata: Fossil Record - from Museum of Paleontology, University of California Berkeley; article about the oldest fossil monotremes which come from the Lightning Ridge opal fields in NSW

Common Fossils of the Sydney Basin - information from The Australian Museum

Australia's Fossil Past - from Australian Culture and Recreation Portal

Australia's animals not so isolated - from ABC Online, News in Science (1999), covering presenations from the 9th Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Paleontology and Systematics (CAVEPS), 1999.

New dinosaur species named after Qantas - news story (1999), ABC Online - details of a previously unknown, and probably warm-blooded, dinosaur found on the Victorian coast in south-eastern Australia

Victoria's Fossils - from Museum Victoria

The rise of the modern flora and fauna - from Museum Victoria

Coal Resources - a pdf lecture presentation (76 KB), includes location and environment of Australian coal and peat resources, from University of Melboure

Australia's extinct animals - from Australian Museum

The Australian Megafauna - from Museum Victoria


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Australian species and the ecosystem

 

State Library of NSW HSC Resources - The Platypus - this page has 5 links to HSC pages for "platypus"

Platypus Fact Sheet - from Australian Museum

Kangaroos - from the Virtual Zoo at exZOOberance


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Huxley-Wilberforce debate

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) - one of the first adherents to Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. From the Museum of Paleontology, The University of California Berkeley

Wilberforce and Huxley: A Legendary Encounter - from Oxford University - an account of the confrontation between Huxkey and Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, who attempted to pour scorn on Darwin's Origin of Species

The Huxley File - from Clark University - index of links to essays, letters drawings by T H Huxley


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Meiosis and mitosis

The Cell Cycle & Mitosis Tutorial - The Biology Project, The University of Arizona

Mitosis Animations

Animal Cell Mitosis - from Cells Alive!

Mitosis - animation needing Shockwave - from California State University

Mitosis animation from About.com - from About Biology

Mitosis: Labeled Diagram and explanations - from Access Excellence

Mitosis World - from University of North Carolina, including movies but beware lengthy download time

Mitosis - in onion root tip cells -from the Molecular Expressions Photo Gallery, Florida State University

Interactive Mitosis Tutorial - from San Diego State University - needs Shockwave plugin

Comparison of Meiosis and Mitosis - from Access Excellence

CELL DIVISION: BINARY FISSION AND MITOSIS - from Estrella Mountain Community College - excellent notes well illustrated


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Australian biota and biodiversity

Reproductive adaptations of Australian Flora

What is an Australian Plant? - from Australian National Botanic Gardens- describes six common australian plant families

Reproduction of Native Australian Plants - from Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants

Spreading the Genes - from Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants

Plant Reproductive Ecology - Dr Glenda Vaughton's personal home page (at UNE) with details of some of her research into the reproductive adaptations of Australian flora

Desert Refuge - from Life and Adaptation to Water, SA Museum Online, includes Emu Bush select Plague Rat from pull-down menu

A Few Proven Magnets - from Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants - A few Australian native plants have proven to have a magnetic attraction for birds, butterflies and bees

Blowing In The Wind Seeds & Fruits Dispersed By Wind - from Wayne's World, Palomar College

Needlebushes - Hakea - includes details of pollinators and seed dispersal, from Protea Atlas Project, South Africa

Silky Oaks - Grevillia - includes details of pollinators and seed dispersal, from Protea Atlas Project, South Africa

Banksia - includes details of pollinators and seed dispersal, from Protea Atlas Project, South Africa

Reproductive adaptations of Australian Fauna

Marsupial Mammals - from The Museum of Paleontology, University of California Berkeley

Metatheria - from University of Michigan - overview of Metatherian mammals, also known as marsupials

The Placental Mammal and Reproduction - from The Earth Life Web

Changes in distribution and abundance of species and the environment in Australia over millions of years

The Dangerous Dream of a Great Australia - from the Lab, ABC, an interview with Tim Flannery, who argues the need to understand the basic ecological limitations of Australia

Biodiversity

Australian Biodiversity - from Environment Australia

Biodiversity - from Department for Environment and Heritage, SA

Biodiversity - from CSIRO


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This content was removed in the syllabus revision published in October 2002

Adaptations that assist plants and animals to cope with variations in temp and water

Life and Adaptation to Water - (Virtual exhibition, South Australian Museum) includes adaptation to lack of water in an Australian desert.


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