Specimen of the month

The UNE Natural History Museum’s latest addition, a Southern Cassowary, Casuaris casuaris johnsonii arrived in Armidale in October and has been patiently waiting for a name....

The University of New England’s Natural History Museum has a new exhibit! A stunning southern cassowary is now on display in the museum and she is waiting expectantly for a name....

The UNE Natural History Museum’s new possum has been left half completed by Alison Douglas, the taxidermist from Queensland Museum, so that we can see the intricate details of the taxidermy. Taxidermy is a very specialised skill and the art of preserving the skin, skeleton and...

Cassowaries are as tall as a person, with a high helmet on their heads. They have a vivid blue neck and long drooping red wattles. The southern cassowary is found only in the tropical rainforests of north east Queensland, Papua New Guinea and some surrounding...

If your image of a typical mammal is a vertebrate animal that feeds it young milk and is covered with hair, then the pangolin appears to be a square peg that just won’t fit in that round hole! ...

The diminutive northern flying squirrel is a small species of squirrel native to North America. It is one of three 'new world' flying squirrels that occur on that continent, the others being the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans), and a brand new species - Humboldt's...

Looking at a primate specimen, such as this mounted specimen of a rhesus macaque, is a bit like looking into our human past, and perhaps a bit of the present too. ...

Look closely and you’ll notice a number of faint cuts and pits across the surface of this rib bone. This rib belongs to a Diprotodon, an extinct rhino-sized relative of today’s wombats that lived during the Pleistocene (0.1–2 million years ago)....

Xerochrysum sp. Glencoe was first collected by Alan Cunningham in 1827 and then again in 1957 by Max Gray. Only recently did we rediscover this stunning perennial herb. ...

The tusks have a variety of uses, although for the most part they are used in self defence, and by males when posturing to establish dominance hierarchies. However, if display alone is not effective, males will use their tusk to strike and injure their opponent....