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KIDS NEWS 2024: Giant kangaroos bounce back from the past, April 6.

An almost-complete skeleton of Protemnodon viator is shown, missing just a few bones of the hand, foot and tail. This specimen, SAMA P59552 from Lake Callabonna, is the holotype for the newly described species. This means that this specimen is the best representative of the species, as chosen by the researchers that described it.

 A near-complete fossil skeleton of the extinct giant kangaroo Protemnodon viator from Lake Callabonna, missing just a few bones from the hand, foot and tail.
Picture: Isaac A. R. Kerr

Giant extinct kangaroos identified

Kangaroos have been bouncing across Australia for millions of years but ancient species have outpaced palaeontologists until now as new research points to distinct features in three extinct species

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Juliette Wells's famous pets Peggy and Molly.

Magpie Molly makes it home

Their fame put authorities under pressure when Molly the magpie was removed from his carers, until the QLD Premier himself stepped in to help get the native bird returned to best buddy Peggy

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Giant panda Fu Bao eats bamboo at Everland amusement park in Yongin on March 3, 2024. Fu Bao, a female giant panda born in South Korea's Everland amusement park and turning four years old this year, will be transferred to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province in early April under an international agreement. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / POOL / AFP)

Korea farewells its firstborn panda

South Koreans have braved the rain to bid an emotional goodbye to the first ever giant panda born in the country, as Fu Bao heads to her natural homeland of China to be with her own kind

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Zombie cicadas. Picture: West Virginia University Photo

Plague of ‘zombie’ pee champions

Two regions in the US are about to be overtaken by trillions of noisy periodical cicadas in the biggest plague since 1803 – but why are these so-called ‘champions of pee’ turning into zombies?

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In this March 16, 2024, image courtesy of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, surgeons perform the world’s first genetically modified pig kidney transplant into a living human. A team of surgeons have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a living patient for the first time, the hospital said on March 21, 2024. The four-hour-long operation was carried out on March 16 on a 62-year-old man suffering from end-stage kidney disease, the hospital said. (Photo by Michelle ROSE / Massachusetts General Hospital / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Massachusetts General Hospital/Michelle ROSE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

First human receives pig kidney

In a groundbreaking medical advance, a 62-year-old man has made history as the first human to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig

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Cuteness alert: Baby boom at zoo

Cuteness alert: Baby boom at zoo

Spring has sprung early as one Australian zoo enjoys its bumper birthing season, including among endangered species – are you ready to be introduced to these adorable and cheeky new arrivals?

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DAILY TELEGRAPH MARCH 14, 2024. 17-month-old gorilla Kaius being fed at Mogo Wildlife Park by director Chad Staples who hand-raised Kaius. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Zoo baby sweeps away Swift fever

Move over Taylor Swift, Australia is going gaga over a new celebrity that has captured hearts after a traumatic birth led to him being adopted by his furry aunt

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Mark Knight cartoon on pets being allowed in planes

Doggie treats taking off on Virgin?

Cartoonist and animal lover Mark Knight could not resist the opportunity to draw a plane full of pooches after Virgin Australia announced that domestic pets are getting a major travel upgrade

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KIDS NEWS 2024: March 11 story, how do animals behave during an eclipse. Picture: iStock

How do animals behave in an eclipse?

Residents at a US zoo are in the spotlight as scientists plan to closely study how the animals respond to solar eclipses when the next day of darkness rolls across the country next month

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TOPSHOT - View of gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) penguins at the Paraiso island in the Gerlache Strait -which separates the Palmer Archipelago from the Antarctic Peninsula, on January 20, 2024. Scientists and researchers from various countries are collaborating on projects during the X Antarctic Expedition aboard the Colombian research vessel 'ARC Simon Bolivar,' designed exclusively to develop scientific projects. These initiatives involve analyzing the current condition of the Antarctic sea, studying atmospheric pressure, and monitoring the species inhabiting this region of the planet. (Photo by JUAN BARRETO / AFP)

Bird flu strikes mainland Antarctica

Bird flu has spread to Antarctica for the first time as international scientific agencies confirmed the presence of the virus in skua seabirds found near the Argentinian base

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Two humpback whales swimming near the surface near Niue Island

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How do whales sing underwater?

Ever wondered how whales are able to sing underwater without choking? After examining the voice boxes of three baleen whales, a team of scientists believe they now have the answer

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This photo of a python digesting a big feed has gone viral on social media. Picture: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.

Big-bellied snake goes viral

Images posted online of the immense belly of this very well-fed Australian python have prompted many social media users to ask, what on earth did it eat?

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A heroic rescue took place in the backyard of Kip Wightman's family home, where his niece, Rosie, bravely saved her pet guinea pig from a snake's attack. Picture: Kip Wightman

Snake girl conquers carpet python

Backyard CCTV has captured incredible footage of a heroic 12-year-old Queensland girl saving her pet guinea pig from the locked jaw of a python – WATCH THE VIDEO