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Dr Erich Fitzgerald holding a 3D replica of the Triceratops mandible (jaw bone). Photographer - Benj

Triceratops coming to live in Australia

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A very special dinosaur that roamed Earth 67 million years ago is moving to Melbourne. The one-tonne triceratops skeleton has been described as one of the most complete dinosaur fossils ever found

Duelling Dinosaurs
Picture: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinosaurs’ ferocious fight to the death

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An Australian geologist is working to uncover the fossilised scene of a T-rex and a triceratops apparently locked in a ferocious duel, the teeth of the T-rex embedded in the other’s spine

Prof Matija Strlic smells a historical book in the National Archives of the Netherlands. Photograph: Matija Strlic

Study using AI to make scents of history

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Scientists and historians will use AI to study and recreate what the world smelled like hundreds of years ago. Called Odeuropa, the pioneering study will build an online smell encyclopaedia

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Author Katrina Nannestad answers questions from Kids News readers

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad - book cover. For Kids News
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Writing We Are Wolves left Katrina Nannestad in tears at times but also made her happy. We know this thanks to some great questions from Kids News readers. Check out Katrina’s answers to the top 10 questions here

Solving the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle is said to have claimed more than 1000 lives over the past 100 years.
explainers

Ships and planes have disappeared without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle. But is there really anything strange going on? Kids News looks at the history of this fascinating phenomenon

‘Iso’ declared Australia’s word of the year

A woman walks past a sign urging people to stay home in Melbourne on August 14, 2020 as the city battles an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - The state remains effectively sealed off from the rest of the country, with other regions so far largely spared from new infections. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)
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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has named ‘iso’ — slang for self-isolation — as the word of 2020 from both a year and a shortlist of words dominated by the coronavirus pandemic

Huge find in Egypt’s ‘City of the Dead’

Archaeologists inspect a mummy, wrapped in a burial shroud adorned with brightly coloured hieroglyphic pictorials, during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, at the Saqqara necropolis 30 kms south of the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 14, 2020. - Egypt announced the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, the largest such find this year. The sealed wooden coffins, unveiled on site amid fanfare, belonged to top officials of the Late Period and the Ptolemaic period of ancient Egypt. They were found in three burial shafts at depths of 12 metres (40 feet) in the sweeping Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)
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Archaeologists have unearthed 100 Ancient Egyptian painted coffins — some with mummies inside — plus 40 precious statues at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, Egypt

Indigenous design first for our men’s cricket team

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc shows off the indigenous playing shirt the Australians will wear in the T20 international series against India. For Kids News
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Australia’s indigenous culture will be celebrated when the men’s cricket team takes to the field in the coming T20 series. Discover what the design represents

Meet your two-million-year-old ‘cousin’

Angi and Jesse with DNH 155. Picture: supplied
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Australian researchers have found the skull of a big-toothed, small-brained ‘cousin’ of our species called Paranthropus robustus, which could help us understand human evolution

World unites for Remembrance Day

DON'T USE BEFORE CONTACTING HERALD SUN PIC DESK---ON HOLD---99 year old WWII POW Jack Bell at The Shrine of Remembrance, with the wall of poppies for Remembrance Day.  [please credit www.poppyappeal.com.au] 
Picture: Alex Coppel.
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Millions will fall silent tomorrow for Remembrance Day to commemorate those who fought and died in World War I

Bookings open for Titanic submarine tour

MUST CREDIT Anton Logvynenko/TITANIC-IN-COLOUR.COM Inking of The Titanic: Photographer colours black and white pictures of world's most famous ship with extraordinary results 
Russian photo editor Anton Logvynenko has coloured in original black and white images of The Titanic
 Mr Logvynenko's project shows off the luxury and opulence of the iconic passenger liner Picture: Notes) Other (see
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You can now explore the wreckage of the famous Titanic ship on a submarine tour, helping experts survey the site. The eight-day trip departing from Canada will set you back $175,000

2000-year-old cat found carved in desert

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and taken on October 15, 2020 showing a giant cat figure etched into a slope at the Unesco world heritage site in the desert near the town of Nasca in southern Peru, after its was discovered by archaeologists and the area was cleaned as the geoglyph was barely visible and about to disappear due to erosion. - The geoglyph measures 37 metres from head to tail and forms part of the Nasca Lines — the hundreds of geoglyphs, including a hummingbird, a monkey and a pelican, carved into a coastal plain about 400 km south of Lima. According to a statement by the Peruvian ministry of culture, after cleaning the area the lines were found to measure between 30 and 40 cm in width. The Nazca Lines date back to between 500 BC and 500 AD, and cover an area of about 450 square km. They were given world heritage status in 1994. (Photo by - / Peruvian Ministry of Culture / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A huge cat carving has been unearthed on a hillside in southern Peru and is thought to be a 2000-year-old Nazca Line. Around 1000 have already been discovered

Rare 2000-year-old Roman gold coin for sale

One side of the coin shows Caesar's best-known assassin, Brutus Credit: NUMISMATIC GUARANTY CORPORATION
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An incredibly rare, 2000-year-old Roman coin commemorating the death of Julius Caesar – just one of three in the world made of gold — is up for sale by a private collector

Flush out some fun with Tina and Tom’s Time-Travelling Toilet

Tina and Tom's Time Travelling Toilet by Chris Taylor and James Crabtree. For Kids News
just for fun

Discover some fun facts about important moments in history with book characters Tina, Tom and Dog — and download their A-maze-ing activity sheets

Ancient Egyptian coffins sealed for 2500 years

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on September 6, 2020, shows some of thirteen 2500 year-old wooden coffins discovered in a burial shaft at the desert necropolis of Saqqara south of the capital. (Photo by - / Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP) / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN MINISTRY OF ANTIQUITIES- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==
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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 unopened, ancient coffins ornately painted and covered in hieroglyphs near one of the world’s oldest pyramids

T-rex called Stan sells for more than $44 million

A Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) skeleton, named STAN is on display during a press preview at Christie's Rockefeller Center on September 15, 2020 in New York City. - The skeleton of a 40-foot (12-meter) dinosaur nicknamed "Stan", one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found, will be auctioned in New York next month and could set a record for a sale of its kind. Discovered in 1987 near Buffalo, South Dakota, the 188-bone skeleton took more than three years to excavate and reconstruct by paleontologists from the state's Black Hills Geological Research Institute, where it has been exhibited since. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
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UPDATED Stan weighed more than 6 tonnes and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. And this famous Tyrannosaurus rex has been sold for more than $44 million

How Australia’s money has changed

The evolution of Australian money. For Kids News. iStock image.
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From “holey dollars” and handwritten banknotes, Australia’s money has seen some big changes. With more people going digital, could the next step be the end of cash?

How cold was it in the coldest part of the Ice Age?

Two mammoth in a field covered of snow, with some bushes and a few bisons. Blue sky with clouds in the background.
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Scientists have calculated just how cold it got on Earth during the coldest part of the last Ice Age, using ocean plankton fossils and climate models

The day the flag was missing from the big game

Knight cartoon for 22/8/20 on the aboriginal flag ownership rights during the AFL Indigenous round
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What a thrill to see this year’s big AFL Dreamtime game between the Bombers and the Tigers played in Darwin. But what a shock that the Aboriginal flag — an important symbol — was missing

Vegemite needs you to sing its jingle

EXCLUSIVE - EMBARGOED FOR AUGUST 25TH, 2020, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, NO AUS

Happy Little Vegemites Lotus O'Brien (4) and Sophia Trengove (3)
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We know Vegemite tastes like Australia, but the company that makes it wants to find out what Australia sounds like, calling on the nation to give the spread’s classic theme song a new life

Meet ‘terror croc’ with banana-sized teeth

Illustration of Deinosuchus catching prey Credit: GETTY IMAGES - GETTY
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Deinosuchus was a giant reptile that terrorised dinosaurs that came to the water’s edge to drink, according to a new study of fossils that also uncovered a third species of these scary beasts

Do you recognise this face?

LIBRARY: Image of early convict Mary Reibey, who came to Australia with the First Fleet.
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Most Australians will have seen her face but few would know the remarkable story of Mary Reibey and how she came to be on our $20 banknote

The history of the Olympic Games

TOPSHOT - Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou dressed as an ancient Greek high priestess holds the olympic torch during the olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, on March 19, 2020 in Athens. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / various sources / AFP)
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We should have been cheering on our Olympic heroes in Tokyo right now. But with coronavirus putting the Games on hold for another year, it’s a chance to take a look at where the magnificent sporting tradition started

Reindeer herders find woolly mammoth

In this handout released by Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region Press Office, people carry a mammoth bone fragment in the Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets region, Russia, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Fragments of a mammoth skeleton have been found by local reindeer herders in the lake a few days ago, and scientists hope to retrieve the entire skeleton - a rare find that could help deepen the knowledge about mammoths that have died out around 10,000 years ago. (Artem Cheremisov/Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia Press Office via AP)
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Scientists are working to retrieve the skeleton of a woolly mammoth from the shallows of a lake in northern Siberia where reindeer herders discovered it in recent days

Australia, the land of great ideas

Amy Beard from Wongawallan is throwing a "retirement party" for her Hills Hoist after upgrading to a better clothesline. Amy and her girls Etta 4 and Millys 2 still love the old clothes line. Pics Adam Head
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Whether you’re in your classroom or reading this story on Kids News from home, you’re most likely using Wi-Fi, an Australian invention and one of a long list of smart ideas we’ve had so far

Last 747 flying kangaroo in the sky

From Flight radar
The pilots on Australia's last QANTAS 747 (QF7474) to leave Australia decided to make the QANTAS logo via GPS on their way to the plane graveyard in LA.
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After 50 years of service, the Qantas 747s — nicknamed the Queen of the Skies — are retiring and the last plane on its last flight traced the shape of a kangaroo in the sky

Old video game sells for $164,000

Super Mario
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A 35-year-old Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for more than $164,000, but the very high price still doesn’t beat the recent sale of an expensive Star Wars Boba Fett action figure

Scientists rethink ancient wombat in new study

A supplied image shows an artist's reconstruction of a giant wombat-like marsupial Mukupirna nambensis. The unique remains of a prehistoric, giant wombat-like marsupial –Mukupirna nambensis –  that was unearthed in central Australia are so different from all other previously known extinct animals that it has been placed in a whole new family of marsupials. (AAP Image/Supplied by Peter Schouten) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A giant wombat the size of a black bear that roamed Australia 25 million years ago has been classified as a new category of marsupial after almost 50 years of study

‘Astonishing’ monument found next to Stonehenge

Historical monument Stonehenge in night,England, UK
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Archaeologists have discovered a major prehistoric monument of 20 or more massive shafts arranged in a perfect circle more than 2km wide, suggesting ancient people could measure and count

Scientists map ancient lost continent

A handout photo released by Nature shows an artist's impression of life restoration of the Savannasaurus elliottorum based on the type specimen (“Wade”) and comparisons with titanosaurs from around the world.  Scientists unveiled on October 20, 2016 fossils from a new species of giant, long-necked dinosaur discovered in northeastern Australia, speculating that it may have traversed Antarctica from South America some 105 million years ago.   / AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Travis TISCHLER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE / Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History TRAVIS TISCHLER" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Towering titanosaurs and other dinosaurs once roamed the vast, mountainless lands between the east of Australia and New Zealand on a lost continent called Zealandia

Giant meat-eating dinosaur roamed Australia

animals

Move over T-rex, Gigantosaurus and Spinosaurus — the discovery of dinosaur footprint fossils in Queensland reveal Australia had its own huge predator in the Jurassic Period.

Around an Aussie campfire of statues

Mark Knight's campfire cartoon for Kids news
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Mark Knight explains the issues behind the cartoon of two Aussies sitting by this particular campfire and wonders how Australia will react to this period of self-examination

Found: dinosaur’s tummy full of food

The Cretaceous Period armoured dinosaur Borealopelta markmitchelli, which lived 110 million years ago in what is now the Canadian province of Alberta, eats ferns in an illustration released on June 2, 2020. Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology/Julius Csotonyi/Handout via REUTERS
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For the first time, scientists have found a beautifully preserved, fossilised meal inside the skeleton of a dinosaur, including fern fronds and spores, leaves and even charcoal from a bushfire

Lost city found with radar and a quad bike

Face of the Emperor Constantine
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A long-buried ancient Roman city in Italy has been mapped in incredible detail without any digging. Instead, archaeologists used a ground-penetrating radar strapped to a quad bike

Australian megafauna died out with climate change

Megafauna , Billabong scene
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Giant kangaroos, enormous crocodiles, massive wombats and a marsupial “lion” that lived 40,000 years ago in tropical Northern Australia died out because of climate change, a study has found

Dear Australia: memories of the nation in isolation

Australia Post is launching Dear Australia, an initiative encouraging Australians to share hand-written letters of hope and inspiration with the nation about their COVID-19 experience with all letters to be sent to a national letterbox.  At the end of the campaign, eligible letters will be archived for posterity at The National Archives of Australia in Canberra.   Abbey Winiarski, 9 has written a letter and doing a drawing for the Campaign. Picture: Sarah Matray
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Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service

Lonely penguins take day trip to art gallery

Lonely Peruvian penguins from the Kansas City Zoo enjoy an outing to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to lift their spirits during the coronavirus lockdown. Picture: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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Life in lockdown can be pretty dull, even for penguins. But the day got a light brighter for these little birds when they had an excursion from their zoo enclosure to an art museum.

Branch out with your own family tree project

Family tree. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation
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Ever wondered where your family came from? Why not research and create a family tree. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

No joke! Experts agree laughter is good for us

KIDS NEWS: NIDA's school holiday programs include  comedy. Picture: supplied.
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Humour is as ancient as human life itself, but the joys of laughter never grow old and amusement experts believe we’re on the cusp of a COVID-19 comedy revolution

Last-known film of not-so-fierce thylacine

Still from newly discovered footage of the thylacine in Hobart's Beaumaris Zoo in 1935. It was part of a tourism film made by Sidney Cook in 1935. (National Film and Sound Archives)
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Researchers have discovered what is thought to be the last film of a thylacine, taken two years later than any other known record and casting doubt on its reputation as an aggressive animal

Record price for Michael Jordan’s rookie shoes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 4, 1997 former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan sticks out his tongue as he goes past Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz during game two of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. - Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s NBA dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed coach Phil Jackson.  The retired legend made his comments in the last chapter of hit documentary "The Last Dance", saying he would have re-signed a one-year deal had management kept the team together, including Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Jackson. (Photo by VINCENT LAFORET / AFP)
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Basketball star Michael Jordan’s 35-year-old second-hand shoes that aren’t even a matching pair just sold for $873,000 at auction, but that doesn’t quite make them the most expensive shoes ever

Rare dinosaur fossil found in Australia

Eric the Elaphrosaurine (Reduced) Ruairidh Duncan 2020
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A fresh look at a fossil found at a Victorian beach and thought to belong to a pterosaur has resulted in the discovery of the first elaphrosaur dinosaur ever from Australia

Spooky goings-on at night in the museum

A worker displays the 'Unlucky Mummy', from 945 BC, displayed by the British Museum during a press conference at Taiwan's National Palace Museum in Taipei 24 January 2007. According to the British museum, the 'Unlucky Mummy' is not a mummy at all, but rather a gessoed and painted wooden 'mummy-board' or inner coffin lid, found at Thebes. It is referred to as the 'Unlucky Mummy' as it has acquired a reputation for bringing misfortune. Some 271 pieces of antiques from the British Museum will be exhibited at Taiwan's National Palace Museum betwen 04 Febuary to 27 May 2007. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH
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British Museum guards have reported spooky goings-on including ghostly footsteps, strange lights and mysterious crying among the exhibits, like a real-life version of Night at the Museum

Cave find rewrites history of early humans

Primeval Caveman Wearing Animal Skin Holds Stone Tipped Spear Looks Around, Explores Prehistoric Forest in a Hunt for Animal Prey. Neanderthal Going Hunting in the Jungle
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Scientists have found human bones and a tooth up to 46,000 years old that rewrite the history of early humans’ arrival in Europe and time spent living alongside Neanderthals

Record history in your COVID-19 time capsule

Oscar has put a lot of effort in gathering informaiton, photos and items for his coronavirus time capsule.
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Kids News has produced a ‘time capsule’ activity book so children can document their time in isolation and how it’s made them feel so they can always remember this unique period in their life

How the tradition of Mother’s Day was born

Happy mothers day
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Celebrating mothers on a special day of the year isn’t a modern idea. Kids News researched the history of honouring and thanking mothers across Australia and around the world

‘Crazy beast’ prehistoric mammal found

The Adalatherium was a bizarre creature that lived around 66 million
 years ago on the island of Madagascar. Picture: Facebook/Denver Museum of
 Nature & Science
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The skeleton of a backward-toothed mammal nicknamed “crazy beast” that existed alongside dinosaurs 66 million years ago has been unveiled by Australian palaeontologists

Saluting the Anzac spirit and ghosts of Diggers past

Mark Knight cartoon for Saturday the 25th of April 2020 Herald Sun
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In his weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the spirit of the Anzacs and the ghostly impact the coronavirus had on one of Australia’s most sacred days

US military releases UFO videos to prove they’re real

The US navy has officially released three videos showing unidentified flying objects that sparked a resurgence in UFO research and speculation. (U.S. NAVY)
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Three videos of UFOs have been officially released by the US navy, sparking new interest in the hobby of researching sightings of flying objects that can’t be explained by science

Found! Antarctic frog fossils from warmer times

Dr Jodi Rowley with James Alcock
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Experts have discovered cold-blooded frogs once lived on a warm Antarctica 40 million years ago PLUS Australian scientists need your help for a frog-finding mission closer to home

Exploring the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival

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 Sailing ship HM Bark Endeavour replica of the HMS Endeavour which carried Captain James Cook on his South Pacific expedition at anchor in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, USA 30 Oct 1999. 
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival at Botany Bay. We explore why Cook came to Australia and why some celebrate and some lament this day

Anzac Day explainer: the dawn of the legend

WW11 Airforce Digger 94yo Vince O'Sullivan d pictured at home Friday 17th April 2020.Vince will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway due to covid-19 restrictions. (AAP Image/Sue Graham)
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Each year on April 25 we commemorate Anzac Day. Kids News explains how the day began, what it means, how it is observed and how this year’s Anzac Day will be different

Big find about origins of human language

A three-dimensional model of the 3.2 million-year-old hominid known as Lucy is unveiled at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. The sculpture, showing a scientific estimation of what Lucy may have looked like in life, is part of an exhibition featuring the original fossilized remains of the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor from Africa. Houston is the first stop on an American tour for the famous fossil. The exhibition will open Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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By comparing brains of humans and apes, scientists have discovered the origins of human language could be 25 million years old — 20 million years older than previously thought

Mystery WWI Aussie soldiers finally identified

Robert Deegan face recognition AWM
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Face-recognition technology has identified unknown Australian WWI soldiers in photos from a precious collection uncovered in a wooden chest in an attic in France in 2011

Astronauts recall flawed Apollo 13 mission

In this April 10, 1970 photo made available by NASA, Apollo 13 astronauts, from left, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell gather for a photo on the day before launch. (NASA via AP)
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It is 50 years since the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission and though younger generations may think of it as a failure, its astronauts and others regard it as NASA’s finest achievement

Easter eggs, bunnies and traditions around the world

Isla Smith 5 of Hobart is ready for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Easter egg hunt at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
explainers

For many, Easter means chocolate eggs, bunnies, hot cross buns and church services. Kids News researched why we celebrate Easter, when it will be and how common traditions began

Oldest fossil of early human species is discovered

EMBARGOED: Fossil discoveries rewrite our family history-DNH 134 Homo erectus cranium outline
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Australian and international scientists have unearthed a two-million-year old skull bone — the oldest known fossil of the earliest human species named Homo erectus

Take a virtual tour around the world

Walk the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. PHOTO: Istock
technology

Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Exploring the lost city of Pompeii

ESCAPE: DOC HOLIDAY May 29  ..  Apollo statue in Pompeii, Italy (apollo temple). Picture: Supplied
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On April 1, 1748, a Spanish engineer rediscovered Pompeii, changing the way we thought about historical artefacts and beginning the longest archaeological dig in the world

Why do we pull pranks on April Fools’ Day?

April 1 is April Fools' Day.
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Watch out … today is April Fools’ Day and it’s the day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. We look at why we celebrate on April 1 and some of today's best jokes

Scar found on fossil of feisty dinosaur with feathers

An artist’s reconstruction of three Dineobellator, in foreground, with other dinosaur species at the end of the Cretaceous Period in New Mexico.
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Scientists have unearthed the fossils of a fearsome feathered dinosaur with sharp claws and a telltale scar. It lived 67 million years ago and proves dinosaurs continued to evolve until their end

Aussie treasures stored in global code bank

The film reels are sorted by country. Picture: supplied
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The scientific knowledge about Australia’s plants and animals and the contents of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept 250m underground in Norway

Fish with fingers shows how human hand evolved

Artists reconstruction of an ancient *Elpistostege*
fish fossil found in Miguasha, Canada, which has revealed new insights into how the human hand evolved from fish fins. Research involving Flinders University palaeontologist Professor John Long. Supplied. MUST CREDIT: Katrina
Kenny
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A slippery predator that lurked in lagoons 380 millions years ago had fins with finger bones that could teach us about the origins of the human hand

Early humans ‘ate no meat, swung in trees’

The Little Foot fossilised hominid skeleton is unveiled for the first time to the public at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN
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The careful scanning of a 3.6 million year old skull belonging to a fossil named ‘Little Foot’ has proven that early humans had small brains, swung between trees like monkeys and ate vegan diets

Aussies want mass light salute on Anzac Day

TOPSHOT - Army officers observe a minute of silence during a Dawn Service ceremony at Anzac Cove Beach, at Canakkale on the Gallipoli Peninsula early April 25, 2019, marking the 104th anniversary of the World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April 25, 1915. - The April 25, 1915, landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for both nations. Each year thousands attend ANZAC day services marking the anniversary of the World War I campaign which took the lives of more than 10,000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
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A proposal to replace cancelled Anzac Day services with a massive nationwide “light salute” from the safety of Australians’ driveways is attracting huge support

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
history

Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Clam tells story of prehistoric Earth and moon

The fossilised mollusc from the Cretaceous period
history

A fossilised mollusc alive alongside the last of the dinosaurs 70 million years ago has shown scientists that a day on Earth once lasted only 23-and-a-half hours

World’s smallest dinosaur found embedded in amber

This handout artistic provided on March 10, 2020 by China University of Geosciences, Beijing shows a rendering of a bird-like dinosaur named Oculudentavis khaungraae, discovered in a 99-million-year-old amber from northern Myanmar. - The skull of the well-preserved specimen is only 7.1 mm in length and indicates the dinosaur was similar in size to the bee hummingbird, the smallest living bird. (Photo by Zhixin Han / China University of Geosciences / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /ZHIXIN HAN/CHINA UNIVERSITY OF GEOSCIENCES, BEIJING" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The world’s smallest dinosaur has been discovered embedded in amber. The 100 million-year-old bird, just 5cm long, had bulging lizard-like eyes and a beak packed with 100 sharp teeth

Big dig begins at Port Arthur convict site

Gentlemen convicts at work and the convict 'centiped' [i.e. centipede] Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1836 / J.W. Beattie. PLEASE CREDIT National Library of Australia
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Archaeologists are digging up the site of former convict-period workshops at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania so we can better understand what everyday convict life was like

Footy legend learns of his grandfather’s great escape

The Australians trapped behind enemy lines
history

AFL legend Tom Harley grew up hearing bits of the story of his grandfather’s WWII escape. Now, for the first time, he’s learning the full details of an extraordinary adventure that is barely known

Aussie Violet Crumble hits purple patch

MENZ VIOLET CRUMBLE. New Robern Menz Innovations Manager Naureen Ahmed (who looks after their new product concept and sales). STORY: The successful comeback of Violet Crumble has seen a 24-hr run of choc coated honeycomb at the Glynde factory, creating a new shift and extra jobs.. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
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The factory that makes Violet Crumble is working 24 hours a day to keep up with incredible demand for the historic, purple-wrapped chocolate honeycomb bar

New type of ancient lion found in Australia

An artist impression of marsupial lion now known as Lekaneleo roskellya. Picture: Peter Schouten
animals

A new type of ancient marsupial lion has been discovered in Queensland after palaeontologists discovered its teeth were like nothing ever seen before

What is a leap year? Why is there one this year?

Girl watching the stars. Stars are digital illustration. istock image
explainers

There is a February 29 on this year’s calendar. We explain why and what it has to do with the Sun, the Earth and a calendar created way back in 1582

We’re flipping out over Pancake Tuesday

L-R Siblings Tristan Shaw 6, Imogen Shaw 4 and William Shaw 8 the children of Rev. Victor Shaw are ready with some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  St George's church in Battery Point is holding a pancake and soup night on Shrove Tuesday.  Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES
explainers

Australians are becoming world leaders at cooking and eating pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, a fun food day that has its origins as a religious festival

Tomb radar may solve Egyptian Queen mystery

history

A hidden chamber near the tomb of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings may contain the long-lost remains Queen Nefertiti

Mystery coffin found in ancient Roman temple

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions parade along the Fori Imperiali avenue, in front of ancient Colosseum on the occasion of the celebrations of the birth of the city of Rome, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Legend has it that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by Romulus and his brother Remus, the twin sons of the god of war Mars, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods. Known as the Christmas of Rome, each year Romans celebrate the pagan festivity, which has become a major tourist attraction, by dressing up in ancient Roman clothes and parading through the streets surrounding the eternal city's ancient ruins. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Archaeologists believe they have found the long lost tomb of Romulus, who legend says was raised with his twin brother by a wolf before founding the ancient city of Rome

Tapestries finally complete Sistine Chapel

ESCAPE: DECEMBER 4 2016 DEALS See the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican in Italy with Insight Vacations, Picture: Supplied
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For the first time in more than 400 years, all 12 precious gold and silver tapestries designed by Renaissance artist Raphael have been hung in the Sistine Chapel, making it complete at last

Iconic Holden cars driven out of Australia

A Holden sign sits above the caryard of a Holden dealership in Sydney on December 11, 2013.  Struggling automaker GM Holden said it will shut down its manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017, shedding 2,900 jobs, in a major blow to the nation's car industry.  AFP PHOTO/William WEST
 
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The Holden car brand, an important part of Australia’s history for more than 160 years, will cease to exist in 2021. The move by US company General Motors has angered PM Scott Morrison and shocked motoring fans

Tyrannosaur found hiding in museum drawer

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A new and very scary species of dinosaur related to T-Rex and known as the Reaper of Death has been identified after pieces of its skull were rediscovered in a museum drawer

Sad love story behind Valentine’s Day

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There are several stories about who Valentine was, but the most popular one is that he was a doctor and priest from Rome in the third century who lived and died in the pursuit of love

NASA animation shows Earth without oceans

The NASA animation simulates would the Earth would look like if the oceans dried up. Picture: NASA
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Travel back in time thousands of years through this NASA animation to look at Earth without oceans, when vast lands allowed ancient people to roam the world

Tribute for Holocaust 75th anniversary

OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 27:  A guard tower stands illuminated at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp near the Auschwitz Memorial during the official ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 2020 near Oswiecim, Poland. International leaders as well as approximately 200 survivors and their families are gathering today at Auschwitz today to attend the commemoration. The Nazis killed an estimated one million people at the camp during the World War II occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany. The Soviet Army liberated the camp on January 27, 1945.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of Holocaust survivors in a moving tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of World War II concentration camp Auschwitz

Ancient Egyptian mummy speaks

The mummy entering a scanner. Picture: Scientific Reports
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Scientists have recreated the voice of a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy using 3D printing and an electronic larynx, producing a sound between the vowels in ‘bed’ and ‘bad’

What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

TOPSHOT - A firefighter conducts back-burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney on December 10, 2019. - Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather conditions expected to fuel deadly bush blazes. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)
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This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

Piece of Jesus’ manger home for Christmas

A wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger is seen at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Christians are celebrating the return to the Holy Land of a tiny wooden relic believed to be from Jesus' manger nearly 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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A tiny piece of wood that some Christians believe to be part of the baby Jesus’ manger has returned to Bethlehem just in time for Christmas after 1400 years in Rome

50 fun activities on the history of Christmas

Artwork for Kids News kit on How the World Celebrates Christmas
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Our feature series and 50-activity workbook will help students understand the history and evolution of Christmas, the religious and cultural aspects of its celebration and how traditions vary across the world

World map of most common last names

The world map of names
geography

A fascinating new map has plotted out the most common surnames in every country in the world. Can you guess the most common last name in Australia?

Treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies

Mummified cats found in Egypt.
history

Mummified crocodiles, a mongoose, birds, cats and lion cubs are among an incredible discovery uncovered by archaeologists at Egypt’s “City of the Dead”

15 amazing sculptures around the world

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Earth is so big and so filled with things to see it’s hard to know where to start looking. To help you out, we’ve compiled this collection of incredible sculptures to look at and learn about

Same old Vegemite goes global

Personalised jars of Vegemite are being offered again this year. Picture: Supplied
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Vegemite’s recipe and flavour has not changed, according to the makers of the famous Aussie spread, keen to reassure worried local customers ahead of its historic global launch

Hindenburg Zeppelin, end of the airship era

In this May 6, 1937 file photo, the German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth in flames after exploding at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. Werner Gustav Doehner, the last survivor of the disaster, died Nov. 8, 2019 at age 90 in Laconia, N.H. Doehner was 8-years old when he boarded the zeppelin in Germany with his parents and older siblings to return from a vacation. (AP Photo/Murray Becker, File)
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The last remaining survivor of the famous 1937 Hindenburg airship disaster has died, aged 90. We look back at the invention of Zeppelins and the era of luxury international airship travel

Record floods swamp historic Venice

TOPSHOT - A woman  crosses the flooded St. Mark's squareby St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. - Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and preventing the water from flowing back into the sea. At 22:40pm the tide reached 183 cm, the second measure in history after the 198 cm of the 1966 flood. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Venice is in a state of emergency after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the historic Italian city, with the mayor blaming climate change

Play-Doh’s sticky situation solved

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just for fun

By the 1950s, no one wanted to buy a special sort of dough to clean wallpaper. But some creative thinking saved the failing dough company and we all got to play with Play-Doh

Epic flight Australia almost forgot

The Vickers Vimy crew, from left, Keith Smith, Ross Smith, James Bennett and Walter Shiers, with their plane at the start, in England, in 1919, for the race from England to Australia. Source: State Library of SA PRG18-9-1-3a
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One hundreds years ago, two Adelaide brothers made history with their world-first flight from England to Australia in a cloth-covered, open cockpit, two-engine biplane

Veterans go ‘back to Hell’ through VR films

An incident on the Sandakan Death March. From a painting at Borneo's Kundasang War Memorial, courtesy of Lynette Silver.
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As we mark Remembrance Day today, stunning new virtual reality films are allowing all Australians to learn about some of the forgotten and darkest chapters of our World War II history

‘Missing link’ between apes and humans

Undated : Illustration by artist Paul Newman of 19th Century scientist Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution of Man from the ape.
humanities

The bones of an ape-like species that walked on two legs and lived 12 million years ago have been discovered in Germany and experts think it could be the ‘missing link’ between apes and humans

An Aussie Cup win … I’ll drink to that!

Mark Knight cartoon on the 2019 Melbourne Cup
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he added an Aussie tradition to his Melbourne Cup drawing after local horse Vow and Declare finished first past the post

How Archer won the first Melbourne Cup

Racehorse Archer, winner of 1861 and 1862 Melbourne Cup.
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Archer was a big horse with a funny running style and a habit of hanging his tongue out. But in 1861, no horse was better than the NSW import when he took home the very first Melbourne Cup

Australia’s knight in shining armour

HOLD FOR THE HERALD SUN PIC DESK-----Two great nations with a fierce sporting rivalry head to head in the original extreme sport of jousting at the inaugural Australia vs England Jousting Tournament, held  at Kryal Castle near Ballarat. The competition runs over two days in November 2-3.  Phillip Leitch riding 'Valiant' [left] and Cliff Marisma riding 'Paco' [right].  
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Phil Leitch lives in a castle, wears a suit of armour and is the current World Jousting Champion. He’s also a real, professional, full-time knight known as Sir Reynard. True story!

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, shows Co-founders of UAM Tec, Ben Fleming (Managing Director) and Shawn Taylor (CEO) beside their Sub Mapping submarine. UAM Tec's Sub Mapping technology is the first fully autonomous and visual-based mapping submarine to exist in the world. (AAP Image/UAM Tec) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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An Australian company is preparing to send a swarm of footy-shaped, mini-submarines into the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways to create an underwater version of Google Street View