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This month’s specimen is the Long-nosed Bandicoot, known scientifically as Perameles nasuta. The name translates from Greek and Latin as ‘long-nosed pouched badger’ – but of course, bandicoots are marsupials, raising their young in a pouch (incidentally, the common name ‘bandicoot’ comes from a large...

This wonderful old display specimen from the UNE Natural History Museum is a teaching tool that has allowed generations of students to see the forelimb structure and pectoral girdle of the short-beaked echidna – Australia’s only echidna species, and one of two monotremes (egg-laying mammals)...

Don’t be fooled (did you see what I did there?) by the beauty of the textile cone – like all cone snails, they are predatory, using their harpoon-like radula to pierce their prey – mostly other snails – immobilising them with an injection of powerful...

These specimens are used entirely for teaching, allowing zoology students to see up close the structure of the bill of different water birds. The great strength of natural history collections – including our wonderful UNE Natural History Museum – is that they allow people to...

Big, hairy and scary, and with venom to match its fierceness, the name ‘formidabilis’ was well chosen for this impressive spider that rears up to display its fangs when confronted. They’re not bluffing either – their venom is similar to the related Sydney funnel-web spider...

This distinctive-looking little shark, with a black face bands and saddle-like body markings is native to Australian waters. It grows to 1.6-m in length, but is harmless to humans – a man bitten in 2011 in Victoria was able to continue swimming and wander from...

Like all museums, the UNE Natural History Museum (NHM) is closed until further notice because of social-distancing laws around COVID-19. I know many students were keen to help in the museum this trimester, cataloguing and organising the collection ...

UNE welcomed members of The Classic & Specialist Car Club of Northern NSW recently when they visited UNE’s Natural History Museum. Club member, Don Hewitt, recounted their visit in the club’s newsletter “New England Wheels”. By coincidence, Don worked at UNE from 1957 until 1995....

UNE welcomed members of The Classic & Specialist Car Club of Northern NSW recently when they visited UNE’s Natural History Museum. Club member, Don Hewitt, recounted their visit in the club’s newsletter “New England Wheels”. By coincidence, Don worked at UNE from 1957 until 1995....