Evolutionary Edge

Soil-analysis undertaken in a NZ cave has uncovered a rich and previously unknown evolutionary heritage. A team of scientists have found DNA traces of an extinct animal and from plants alive 3,000 years before the first human arrivals. The ancient Gondwanan biota isolated in NZ represents a unique evolutionary experiment, free to evolve in isolation from mammalian predators in response to complex geological and climatic history. Unravelling our amazing DNA is the speciality of Oxford-based palaeontologist Professor Alan Cooper, described as ‘Wellington’s own Indiana Jones’, who recently returned to NZ to lecture on our amazing evolutionary past.


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John Edwards Named UK’s Information Commissioner

John Edwards Named UK’s Information Commissioner

British MPs have approved New Zealander John Edwards as next Information Commissioner for the UK, Jamie Harris reports for the Evening Standard. Edwards faced questions from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport…