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The implements, dating back 3.3m years, predate the earliest known members of the Homo genus by about half a million years

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The artefacts were found near Lake Turkana, Kenya

Tools found near Lake Turkana in Kenya are world's oldest

They are about 700,000 years older than the previous record holder and are likely to have been made by Australopithecus, an ape-like ancestor of Homo sapiens

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Scientists are divided about raising mammoths from the dead

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Engraved ring found in Sweden suggests contact between Viking Age Scandinavians and Islamic civilisation

The excavation site at a Viking trading centre in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s

An archaeologist works near skeletons found in the Bedlam burial ground on the future site of a Crossrail ticket hall next to Liverpool Street Station in London March 6, 2015. Archaeologists have started excavating around 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground which dates back to 1569 and was London's first municipal burial ground. Picture taken March 6, 2015.

Bedlam burial ground: Archaeologists excavating 3,000 skeletons from under London's Liverpool Street station

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Fabled 'White City' is now under threat from illegal cattle ranchers

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As depicted in Disney's Robin Hood, King John was cowardly, cruel, avaricious and incompetent

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Marc Morris spoke against experts’ views in recent years that John was a capable ruler

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The trunk and roots date back 300 million years

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