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7The Independent Weekly
November 20 - 26, 2009
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scientist Richard Corfield has
written to Hear say to tell us
that this Monday is the 20th anniver-
sary of the death of one of the most
famous of all Australian geologists,
Glaessner s work on the early
fossils of the Flinders Ranges proved
that a strange group of multicellular
fossils inhabited Earth before the
rise of life as we know it.
These Ediacaran organisms,
which lived between 585 and 542
million years ago, have now been
found worldwide. They are alien in
appearance, resembling mattresses,
hubcaps and discs, and their
relationship to the rest of the animal
kingdom is uncertain.
"They were a first attempt by
evolution to start multicellular life
based on tissues and organ systems,"
says Corfield. "But the experiment
was a failure and it was not until the
animals of the Cambrian explosion
542 million years ago that truly
advanced life evolved."
Glaessner was a fascinating char-
acter. Born in Austria, he emigrated
to Australia as a petroleum geologist
and was eventually appointed to
the faculty of the University of
Adelaide, where he performed his
seminal work on the Ediacaran
fossils. Corfield well known, too, in
part because of his fascinating book
about the HMS Challenger, which
in 1872 set sail from Portsmouth,
England, to map and sample the
ocean floor. This marked the birth of
"Deep below the susurrus swell
of waves lies an alien world that we
have only begun to explore," says
Meanwhile, the State Government is using new
sonar technology to map the sea floor better than
This week, scientists from the Department for
Environment and Heritage are using the equip-
ment off Port Lincoln to study marine habitats in
DEH s coast and marine conservation team
have already mapped more than a third of the
state s marine habitats at close range, either
directly by scuba divers or remotely using
satellite, sonar and video technology. Now they
are using equipment that allows them to see our
seabed in incredible detail.
The next six months will see the team take the
new multi-beam technology to areas including
the Sir Joseph Banks group of islands, the Far
West Coast, southern Adelaide and Kangaroo
Dr Bryan McDonald, from DEH, said the
new multi-beam sonar equipment was essential
for developing highly detailed maps of SA s sea
floor, which would be used to better conserve our
Our seas are home to more than 720 fish
species, many more species of plants and inver-
tebrates, 80 per cent of the world s population
of Australian sea lions, more than 70 species of
seabirds and the world s largest known breeding
colony of giant cuttlefish.
(Who bear no relation to Jill Bottrall
and Lachlan Parker, media advisers to
B: Now Lachy, this may be painful.
L: Oh no, what now Botters?
L: We just said the police will get them.
What s the problem?
B: She s still going to try one.
L: She ll look stupid if she ends up in
B: She may look stupid but she could
also become a PST.
L: Public Sympathy Target?
B: Right. And the only PST we want is
L: What are you saying?
B: Boss is thinking if she does it he
might have to be Tasered too. He can t
be seen to be weaker than Jezebel.
B: Right. But he wants someone to test
it to see if there are any unforeseen
L: Why are you looking at me like that?
B: Because you are loyal and devoted
and would want to help.
L: Why don t you do it?
B: My job is to inflict pain, usually on
reporters. Not to suffer it.
L: I didn t sign up for this.
B: No I signed you up. I ve got a doctor
L: Outside? Hey, where did you get that
B: Ebay? I borrowed it stupid.
L: Who from?
B: No names, no packdrill. Stand still.
B: Lachy, you can get up now.
B: Get up!
L: Ca-an t. I m floating. There s lovely
L: And I can see Jesus, too.
B: All I can see is that the Boss won t be
L: Closer my God to the-ee.
B: For God s sake, Lachy. Wake up!
B: What, Lachy?
L: I think I love you.
* Not based on a true story
Gordon Brown s handwritten
note littered with spelling
errors reminded us of the
importance of being precise
with the English language.
Encouraged by South
Michael Atkinson, who spends
his spare time correcting the
spelling and grammar of his
colleagues websites, Hear say
went on the hunt for our own
After much deliberation, we
are sad to report Labor s Tom
Kenyon, Member for Newland,
takes out first place, but not for
spelling and grammar (although
that also needs work), but
So slap-dash is Tom s
correspondence, Hear say has
been shown examples of his
need to write a follow-up letter
clarifying his original intent
and apologising for the ambigu-
ity that resulted from his poor
choice of wording.
If you ever get the chance, avoid
a company called Getaways
Downunder. They clog up our
news fax machine with "special
offers", and once they have your
fax number it s impossible to
make them stop -- at least, we
haven t been able.
Life, but not as
we know it
These fossils look like thin, fluid-filled
mattresses divided into compartments,
which is a body plan unknown in any
animal or plant kingdom. We have noth-
ing like this today.
r the post of
ang Wang and
007 at a meeting
ent Hu Jintao
that year s
Life, as we know it better
A mayoral campaign
pandas can a
A Taser poser
The hand that writes
The fool that faxes
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