Sex’s Long History

Dr John Long is one of the most senior scientists in Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats. He’s one of a handful of paleontologists who have alerted the world to Australia’s rich pre-history, and currently holds the position of Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Perhaps his greatest achievement however, was the discovery of the oldest evidence for live birth, pushing the origins of vertebrate sex, in a form we might recognise, back to the Devonian. I’m proud that Australasian Science was the first popular science magazine to cover this story – indeed the first detailed coverage available to the lay reader. Now however, Long has written an even more detailed version for Scientific American.


About Stephen Luntz

I am a science journalist, specialising in Australian and New Zealand research across all fields of science. My book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists is out now through CSIRO Publishing. I am also a professional returning officer for non-government organisations. I'm very politically active, but generally try to restrict this blog to scientific matters.
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