Environment

The fight to bring back the devil

A female Tasmanian devil at Trowunna Wildlife Park, in Mole Creek, Tasmania.

Some of Australia's leading scientists are proposing that the endangered Tasmanian devil should be reintroduced to the mainland - to Victoria's Wilson's Prom specifically - as an insurance policy.

The world's most mysterious mammal

No scientist in history has ever seen Zenkerella alive.

Scientist David Fernandez peered at the odd-looking critter,and hoped it was the real thing. He'd never seen one of these animals in its entirety before. No scientist ever had.

Fish pretend it's night to tackle hot seas

The spiny damselfish produces offspring with flexible body clocks that help adapt to ocean acidification.

Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defences to night-time levels, the time of day when they find seawater least hospitable, a study says.