Our article "Frogs: remarkable and important creatures, but under threat" has recently been published in the popular magazine "Australian Wildlife"!
The article was written by PhD student Josie Humphries and Dr. Laura Grogan, with beautiful photos by PhD student Matthijs Hollanders.
You can view a pdf of the full article by clicking the image.
Frogs have captivated our imaginations for millennia. One of the best-loved Australian Indigenous Dreamtime stories is about Tiddalik, the frog who caused a flood when made to laugh. Did you know that the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, Heqet (pronounced ‘He-ket’), was represented in the form of a frog? She watched over the annual flooding of the Nile and protected women during childbirth. Throughout time and across multiple lands and cultures, the frog has been associated with life-giving water, birth, and abundance. Indeed, from the 1940s to the 1960s, female African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) were even used routinely in human pregnancy testing. Forget Easter bunnies and chickens – frogs are the original symbol of renewal, and with good reason.
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