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The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019

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10 PALMERSTON AND BEYOND TUESDAY AUGUST 13 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ALCOOTA, the archaeological dig 115km northeast of Alice Springs, keeps giving insights into the animal life of the Miocene age eight million years ago. Dr Adam Yates, a palaeontologist with Museums and Art Galleries NT, said 33 different species of animals have been uncovered. This list could increase with the latest finds he and about 50 Vikings intent on pillage PELTS have been soaked with the blood of enemies. Shields have been polished. And almighty Nordic roars perfected. Indeed, the Vikings are gearing up for what is sure to be another unforgettable Henley on Todd Regatta. Viking King, Brendan Fogarty, who has been involved with the event for five years said: I was asked by a friend to jump on a boat, and I hadnt actually been to Henley on Todd before then, and I thought Id give it a go and its a blast. His role is to keep the riff raff organised so the team of 14 Vikings can successfully pillage and win on the day. King Fogarty had a message for his enemies, and anyone brave enough to attend on Saturday. Watch out, were coming. Come down and watch a bloodbath, he warned. To purchase tickets visit henleyontodd.com.au Back (left to right): Kyle Pearson, Sarah Horey and Brandon Young. Middle: Aaron Blacker, Ben Stanbridge, Phil Hughes, Dennis Hager, Lindsey Stuart and Ricki Pool. Front: Brendan Fogarty, Sarah Blacker and Heidi Blacker Picture: ALYCE MOKRZYCKI Prehistory unearthed Red Centre archaeological dig reveals secrets of ancient animal life STEVE MENZIES volunteers, mainly students from the Flinders University palaeontology department, come across. The Dorcopsoidis find, a substantial skeleton of a forest wallaby, was an exceptional find as the remains all belong to a single individual, Dr Yates said. This will allow for reconstruction of the animal. The museum has been hosting trips to Alcoota since the early 1980s Back eight million years ago there was permanent open water in Central Australia but the landscape was changing. This trip I was out there for a month while the others came and went. The recent expedition uncovered several small skull bones of the elusive dwarf crocodilian species. Until now it was known this species existed at Alcoota but MAGNT couldnt say very much about it because the re mains were so few and so incomplete. It may now be able to properly characterise it and describe yet another new species for Alcoota. I can quite confidently say that it is a new species, Dr Yates said. Crocodylinae have been around since the beginning of time, the dinosaur age. I believe the salt water crocodiles arrived in Australia about four million years ago. A near-perfect sternum (breastplate) of the smaller giant flightless bird, Ilbandornis was also found. Until now this part of the skeleton had not been well represented and the new bone will allow comparisons with other giant flightless bird species. While some of the bones uncovered at Alcoota are sent away for further examination by experts, eventually they will all come back home to MAGNT. New Local Court judge MEREDITH Day Huntingford has been appointed a Judge of the Local Court of the Northern Territory. She has practised law in the NT since 1987 in areas including workers compensation and domestic violence. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Ms Day has served Territorians in key legal roles in government and the private sector. She has a long-standing connection to the Northern Territory community, she said. Petition on youth justice VICTIMS of crime across the Northern Territory have sent a petition to Parliament opposing the Governments proposed youth justice reforms. Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro tabled a petition in Parliament signed by 994 locals who are strongly opposed to the proposed changes. Ms Finocchiaro said the changes simply did not reflect community expectations. Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield rubbished the Oppositions claims as fearmongering. Footy stars talk on mind health STRESS Less in Tennant Creek is back for its second year promoting the importance of wellness. This year, the event is at Tennant Creek High School and organisers are aiming to get all children involved in programs pertaining to mindfulness. Guest speakers are former AFL NT player Daniel Motlop and current AFL player Ebony Miller who will both talk about their experiences with mental health. The event will be held today from 9am to 2.30pm. Bassham brings talents to the Alice SINGER/GUITARIST Scott Basshams love for performing and creating music will be in Central Australia this week. The solo guitarist and singer/songwriter creates and performs wild-hearted Folk/Roots music with a RocknRoll edge. Bassham will perform at the Residents Club in Voyages Resort at Yulara tomorrow and then at the Gap View on Thursday before moving on to the Memorial Club in Tennant Creek on Friday. Ive really been a rocknroller all my life, he said. But Ive always had an equal love for older, more tra ditional styles of music, like Irish folk and delta blues, and as time goes on, Im finding that Ive been really deeply drawn to making music that comes from that wellspring. I spent a few years playing punk rock venues around Melbourne, until the city got to me, and I went travelling overseas. I spent most of my time in Ireland living in tiny villages, with no television or radio. It was however the mid-90s, and an amazing time to be a musician, even one as off the map as me. I heard the most amazing musicians while I was there. 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