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Secret of sex buried in a museum

THE widely-reported news that a South Australian scientist has stumbled across the earliest evidence of male:female penetrative sex thanks to a fossil gathering dust in a Estonian museum is not only important for the study of evolution but also proves that museums still play an essential role in science. 


Putting Australia on the map

Matthew Flinders, who died just over 200 years ago, is widely credited with giving this country its name: Australia. Flinders preferred Australia to the more commonly used Terra Australis as he thought it was "more agreeable to the ear". He liked it so much that he included the name Australia on his map of the whole continent published in 1814.