Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
The largest study to date of the animals’ genetics provides robust evidence that they are adapting to survive a highly lethal, contagious cancer scientists feared would cause their extinction.
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study

The largest study to date of the animals’ genetics provides robust evidence that they are adapting to survive a highly lethal, contagious cancer scientists feared would cause their extinction.

The largest study to date of the animals’ genetics provides robust evidence that they are adapting to survive a highly lethal, contagious cancer scientists feared would cause their extinction.

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More than 450 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmanian Inlet
More than 450 Pilot Whales Stranded in Tasmanian Inlet
Ashley Yeager | Sep 23, 2020
Rescue teams are working to save the whales that are still alive and develop a strategy to remove the dead in the Australian state’s largest stranding event to date.
Infographic: When Cancers Become Parasites
Infographic: When Cancers Become Parasites
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 1, 2019
Only a handful of contagious cancers are known to exist, yet they have attracted an increasing number of researchers worldwide trying to understand how and why they arise.
Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed
Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 26, 2018
Divers come upon a new population of red handfish near Tasmania.
Image of the Day: This Is Not a Penis
Image of the Day: This Is Not a Penis
The Scientist Staff | Aug 29, 2017
Scientists encountered a marine worm strikingly reminiscent of a human phallus, along with other bizarre creatures, while exploring deep seas off of the Australian coast this summer.
Tasmanian Devil Cancer Immunotherapy
Tasmanian Devil Cancer Immunotherapy
Bob Grant | Mar 13, 2017
Researchers in Australia claim to have successfully used immunotherapy to treat devil facial tumor disease.
Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840
Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2014
Zoologist John Gould undertook a financially risky expedition to document the birds of Australia—and found some unique mammals in a perilous situation.
Huge Mystery Jellyfish Washes Ashore
Huge Mystery Jellyfish Washes Ashore
Bob Grant | Feb 7, 2014
Found by a family combing a beach in Tasmania, the giant invertebrate is new to science.