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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Humans have thick skulls and dense bones - unlike modern apes, but in common with shallow diving mammals such as manatees and walrus

Did humans come from the seas instead of the trees? Much-derided theory of evolution about aquatic apes is debated in London

Scientists, academics and medics gather this week in a London hotel to discuss a topic that has been virtually unmentionable in academic circles for decades: are humans descended from “aquatic apes” that spent more time swimming than dragging their knuckles on  the ground?

Animal rights group defeated in move that would have opened up paid UK political advertising

An animal rights group has narrowly lost an attempt to open up paid political advertising in the UK.

Animal Defenders International hopes to overturn the ban on its primate ad

UK ban on political advertising may be lifted

Britain may be forced to lift its ban on political advertising when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rules on its lawfulness tomorrow.

Editorial: Can money outdo democracy?

Some fear that we might legalise the indirect political TV campaigns of America

The Emperor's New Clothes (7 April 2013)

We all disapprove of hate and of crime. But put the two together and it's much less clear cut

£5 million-plus rescue package for Northern Ireland farmers hit by severe blizzards

A £5 million-plus rescue package will be offered to farmers who have lost livestock in the severe blizzards that have hit Northern Ireland, Stormont ministers have agreed.

Three animal rights protesters were branded with hot irons on the streets of Leeds in “solidarity” with animals in the livestock industry

Protesters branded in 'solidarity' with animals

Animal rights activists ignore police warnings they might be arrested for 'outraging decency'

Video: Elephant seal halts traffic in Brazil

A huge elephant seal has brought traffic to a standstill in Brazil after it swam out of the Atlantic and took a tour of Balneario Camboriu.

Wild world: Encounters with animals should be managed with care

Phil Mansbridge: The fragile bonds between tourism and wildlife

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Student who fried a flatmate's hamster sentenced

The 21-year-old could not remember the drunken incident

Anthony Hilton: SFO is in a hole but it just goes on digging

There is surely something flawed in the decision by the Serious Fraud Office to hire Slaughter & May, the most expensive solicitors in London, to lead its defence against the action for wrongful arrest and damages brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz.

Editorial: Tinkering with taxes will not boost the economy

The way to improve Britain’s taxation system is to make it simpler
Dr Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth's Department of Psychology with her dog

Dogs 'see things from a human point of view' - at least when it comes to stealing food

Pet dogs may understand a human’s point of view, according to new research which suggests they are more likely to steal food when they think that nobody can see them.

Green world: Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent

Rob Cowen: A Noah's Ark of conifers just an hour south of London

Tales From The Trees

Yule Log, the overweight grey seal. Staff at the sanctuary said his lovable character and pleading eyes were hard to resist at feeding time

Hefty seal put on diet and exercise regime after piling on the pounds

A grey seal with a penchant for overeating has been put on a strict diet after gaining more than 124kg in just nine months.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
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Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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