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Old video game sells for $164,000

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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

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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

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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

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Scientists map ancient lost continent

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

Digger Vince O'Sullivan will commemorate Anzac Day from his driveway
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

history

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?

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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

animals

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

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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

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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’

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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

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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
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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
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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

animals

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

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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

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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

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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
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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.
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

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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

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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

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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

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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
geography

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

Auschwitz Memorial Commemorates 75th Anniversary Since Liberation
humanities

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

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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

history

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.
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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

Mother Nature, Canada. Picure: Alamy
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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

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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

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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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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

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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!

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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

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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

geography

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

Found: exact location of first humans’ home

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An Australian-led team of scientists has identified the exact place in northern Botswana that was the home of the earliest ancestors of everyone alive today

End of an era as Uluru climb closes

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Parks Australia plans to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26, despite pressure to reconsider the climbing ban

Meet Australia’s real Willy Wonka

Macpherson Robertson being welcomed home by staff at his Fitzroy factory for MacRobertson's chocolate in 1935. Picture: State Library of Victoria.
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Australia had its own Willy Wonka long before Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the real one every bit as eccentric and a genius as the fictional version

Australian soldiers leave their mark in graffiti

Inside the Naours Caves in France where Australians left graffiti on the walls during the First World War. Supplied: DVA
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Graffiti scrawled by Australian soldiers on underground cave walls in France more than 100 years ago has been preserved as a time capsule of life in the First World War

Fossilised ‘Iron Dragon’ found in the outback

The ancient flying reptile known as the Iron Dragon, discovered in Qld. Supplied: Travis R. Tischler
history

The fossilised bones of a winged reptile — nicknamed the Iron Dragon — which flew above Queensland during the age of dinosaurs has been uncovered in the outback

First look at humans’ ancient cousin

science

Scientists have reconstructed the skull of a prehistoric, extinct cousin of humans from a tiny finger bone, so we can see, for the first time, what the Denisovan people looked like

World’s biggest war memorial turns 100

geography

It’s 100 years this week since returned World War I soldiers starting chipping away at the cliffs with picks and shovels to create Australia’s incredible Great Ocean Road

Secret code hidden in new 50 cent coin

The Royal Australian Mint's top secret coin
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The Royal Australian Mint has made history after releasing the first Australian coin featuring a secret code. The new 50 cent coin has been launched to mark the 70th anniversary of ASIO

Time capsule of the day the dinosaurs died

The day the asteroid hit the Earth
science

For the first time, scientists have a clear picture of the day the giant asteroid crashed into Earth, wiping out dinosaurs with fires, tsunamis and a sky full of vaporised rock

Breakthrough in Loch Ness mystery

science

Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur

Girl wins big as 1 billionth plane passenger

history

A 10-year-old Australian girl has been met from her flight by crowds and an orchestra after becoming the one billionth passenger at Sydney Airport, which turns 100 this year.

Welcome to the valley of the scarecrow dolls

Life-size dolls looking on from a bus stop in the tiny village of Nagoro in western Japan. Photo: AFP
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The streets of Nagoro appear busy, dotted with people going about day-to-day life at school, at shops and in gardens. But they’re not people, they’re life-size dolls

Meet MRD, humans’ oldest cousin

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in August 2019 shows a facial reconstruction model by John Gurche made from a fossilized cranium of Australopithecus anamensis. The species is considered to be an ancestor of A. afarensis, represented by “Lucy” found in 1974. From 3.8 million years ago, the ancestral species is the oldest known member of Australopithecus, the grouping of creatures that preceded our own branch of the family tree, called Homo. (Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History via AP)
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Scientists have reconstructed the face of our earliest known ancestor from a fossilised skull belonging to a male who lived 3.8 million years ago in the mountains of Ethiopia

Holey moley! Australia’s first minted coins on show

A holey dollar and a dump from a 1788 Charles III Spanish silver dollar from a Private Collection in Queensland. Photos: Supplied.
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Colonial Australia’s first minted coins — the holey dollar and the dump — have gone on show at the Royal Australian Mint. The coins were made by destroying Spanish currency to create our own

Solving the mystery of convicts’ secret language

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history

If you don’t know what a fibbing gloak, a milling cove or a brisket beater are and you’re planning to time travel to 1819 you’d better study Australia’s best-selling, first dictionary

New, much older stegosaurus species found

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Fossil hunters have found a new species of the ferocious-looking, armour-plated stegosaurus, much older than previous finds and in a location that could lead palaeontologists to rewrite history

Lasers uncover secrets of Don Bradman’s first bat

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Laser and sonar technology has revealed hand-etched scores on the back of Sir Donald Bradman’s first cricket bat that are invisible to the naked eye

Cook’s Endeavour a vehicle for reflection

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Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia will be commemorated in a major project exploring the lasting impact it had on First Peoples, with hopes it could promote reconciliation

100 years since Qantas was born on a long drive

George Gorham, Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh before departing Longreach on their air service survey of northern Australia on August 19, 1919. Picture: suppied
history

Bouncing across northern Australia in a Model T Ford on rough tracks made for wagons led these WWI pilots to dream of setting up the outback airline we know as Qantas

Human-sized extinct penguin found

animals

A citizen scientist has found fossilised bones from an extinct penguin that was the size of an adult human and swam in the ocean around New Zealand about 60 million years ago

50 years after Abbey Road, there’s a new Fab Four

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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, but his tribute has a twist with a new Fab Four

512-year-old shark is oldest living vertebrate

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Scientists believe they have found the world’s oldest living vertebrate, a massive Greenland shark estimated to be up to 512 years old and described as a living time capsule

Scientists recreate Cleopatra’s perfume

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Using traces of ingredients found in ancient perfumer’s bottles, scientists have recreated the perfume worn by Cleopatra, the glamorous last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt

Xbox inventor gets a taste of ancient toast

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science

In an incredible, just-for-fun science experiment, the man who invented Xbox baked a loaf of bread using microscopic yeast spores brought back to life from a 4500-year-old Egyptian pot

Gravestone of the real Snow White on display

history

The gravestone of a woman whose real life story is believed to have inspired the Snow White fairytale has been rediscovered and is now on display in a German museum

Giant parrot nicknamed ‘Squawkzilla’ found

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animals

Australian palaeontologists have discovered a toddler-sized parrot so tall it could poke an adult in the belly button and at least twice as big as the largest parrot alive today