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Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

Stan Winston: Oscar-winning special-effects artist on 'Jurassic Park' and 'Aliens'

Stan Winston was a master make-up and special-effects artist, responsible for some of the most memorable characters in fantasy cinema, notably the liquid metal cyborg assassin of Terminator 2, the enormous dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and the 14-foot alien queen of Aliens. He also created the high-tech armoured suits worn by Robert Downey Jnr in the recent hit Iron Man.

Melanie McDonagh: Dinosaurs and derring-do will lure a boy to books

Along with slugs and snails and puppy dogs' tails, part of the package of being a boy is a reluctance to read books. Girls hoover up literature, and by the age of 11 they're a full 10 percentage points ahead of boys in English. Girls are much more likely to read for pleasure – 78 per cent, as against 65 per cent of boys, according to a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. So what are boys doing? Well, a third of 10-year-olds play computer games for more than three hours a day.

Bones under the hammer: Fossil fetish spurs collectors' market

Forget fine wines and fast cars – today's millionaires prefer collecting dinosaur skeletons. But are they pricing museums out of the market? Rob Sharp reports

'Jurassic Park' technique resurrects extinct DNA

In an echo of the film Jurassic Park, DNA from an extinct animal has been re-activated in the laboratory for the first time.

An epidemic of extinctions: Decimation of life on earth

Species are dying out at a rate not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs, according to a report published today – and human behaviour is to blame. Emily Dugan counts the cost

Leading article: Birds of a feather?

They are related, but thankfully we do not have to concern ourselves with pontificating over which came first; one had a pretty clear 68-million-year head start.

Tyrannosaurus Rex 'was more like a chicken than a crocodile'

The largest carnivore that ever walked the planet – Tyrannosaurus rex – is more closely related to the modern chicken than it is to living reptiles such as the alligator or crocodile, a study of the dinosaur's fossilised protein has found.

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School's out! 20 ways to keep kids happy this spring

Stuck for ideas to entertain your brood? Simone Kane looks at a selection of events around the UK this spring

Triceratops to reach monster price at auction

For sale: one dinosaur, 24ft long, 65 million years old, only the second fossil of this grandeur ever to go under the auctioneer's hammer.

France v Italy preview: Roaming Rougerie ready to leave the Italians red-faced

Paying a visit to France's multi-million-pound national rugby centre at Marcoussis, a few miles south of Paris, rids you of any notion that Les Bleus treat the sport frivolously, yet the way they have used the Six Nations' Championship as an extended national trial defies credibility.

Miles Kington remembered: A decimal guide to life's oddities and absurdities

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'Fierce-eyed' grandfather of T-rex found in Sahara

The remains of two meat-eating dinosaurs have been unearthed in the Sahara desert where they once terrorised their prey.

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