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

This image obtained from the US Coast Guard on April 11, 2024 shows a "Help" sign on the beach made with palm leaves by three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia. The crew of a Hawaii-based HC-130J Hercules aircraft makes contact with three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, after dropping them a radio on April 8, 2024. The aircrew was able to inform the mariners that USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) would arrive on April 9 and be able to transport them home to Polowat Atoll. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest, and had not returned prompting the search. (Photo by US COAST GUARD / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US COAST GUARD" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Castaways saved by sign on sand

After spending eight days shipwrecked on a Pacific desert island, stranded sailors have been rescued thanks to crafting a giant HELP sign made out of palm leaves that was visible from the air

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Hannah Darlington of Australia A prepares to bowl during the Australia A and England A one day international tour match at EPC Solar Park on January 30, 2022, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)

Cricket star bowls out boundaries

By the time she hit her teens, cricket star Hannah Darlington just wanted to play – and the game she loved led to her biggest win yet when her family learned the story of their Indigenous heritage

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

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: People gather to view the solar eclipse at the Empire State Building on April 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust)

Millions pause to see rare eclipse

About 180 million North Americans stopped what they were doing and looked skyward as the shadow of the moon blocked out the sun in a rare solar eclipse lasting an hour-and-a-half

NGV Conservator Raye Collins (pictured) made the discovery with this week along with Beckett Rozentals, Curator of Australian Art.

A hidden Balson and Crowley painting (the geometric painting) was found behind another framed composition, which has been there since World War 2. Picture: Jason Edwards

Secret art found behind portrait

A never-before seen painting by artist Ralph Balson will be exhibited for the first time after NGV staff discovered it nailed behind another artwork the gallery has held for almost 45 years

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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Biggest Taiwan quake in 25 years

Rescue efforts have pushed ahead after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Taiwan, toppling buildings and prompting tsunami warnings across Japan and the Philippines

How to plan a great story. Author Katrina Nannestad's advice on what to do if you get stuck for an idea. For Kids News short story competition

New clue into left-handedness

There could be a genetic reason some people are left-handed, with a new study finding that a rare variant is present in more than twice as many lefties as right-handed folk

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?

KIDS NEWS 2024: A view of the M87 supermassive black hole in polarised light, Wednesday 27 March 2024. Picture: EHT Collaboration
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, who produced the first ever image of our Milky Way black hole released in 2022, has captured a new view of the massive object at the centre of our Galaxy: how it looks in polarised light. This is the first time astronomers have been able to measure polarisation, a signature of magnetic fields, this close to the edge of Sagittarius A*. This image shows the polarised view of the Milky Way black hole. The lines overlaid on this image mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole.

New view of Milky Way monster

The twisted spiral pattern around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, newly observed by astronomers, reveals new qualities of the hugely powerful object lurking at the centre of our galaxy

In the heart of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, escalating violence has become a grim reality. In less than two weeks, this violence has led to the displacement of 2,500 people, with most of them being women and children.To address the urgent needs of children and families displaced by the recent armed violence in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF and its partners have established a nutrition site in Delmas.  Picture: UNICEF/ Herold Joseph

Young poets pen pleas for peace

Haitian students have shared heartfelt poems full of hope for peace in their ‘sweet country’, following years of conflict and a growing humanitarian crisis since bandits overtook the capital

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 20, 2023: Editorial generic stock image of an iPhone with the popular apps: Instagram, Messenger and Facebook prominent on its home screen. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar

Health warning for kids on phones

A person that used to work for Facebook’s parent company Meta has issued a dire warning, saying the tech giant knows its algorithms are damaging the health of young kids and teens

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14-year-old skater chases Olympics

Chloe Covell has just hit her teenage years and loves hanging out with her friends at the local skate park but she could fulfil a big dream and make history for Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics

Australian Squadron Leader James Catanach (kneeling, right) with fellow prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III. Picture: The Shrine of Remembrance

Aussie hero’s WWII Great Escape

A young Australian has been remembered for his role in the escape of 76 prisoners of war from Germany’s Stalag Luft III camp, 80 years after the breakout known as ‘the Great Escape’

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