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The Sketch: The day the dinosaurs emerged and taught Ed to keep a poker face

It was a day for dinosaurs. Sir Peter Tapsell reared up among cheers to suggest the PM order an investigation into the death of David Kelly. Dennis Skinner gave a fabulous display of primordial rage (it's his birthday today: he is 65 million years old).

Edward Davie: I could no longer side with fascists and dinosaurs

Explaining first-past-the-post on the doorstep in a recent council by-election, I had become convinced that a more complicated electoral system would only disenfranchise already marginalised people. But signing up to the No campaign, alongside fascists, Tories and dinosaurs from my own party, proved to be a profoundly uncomfortable experience and their noxious emissions have driven me out.

Clegg attacks Cameron as personal jibes start to bite

Nick Clegg launched a thinly veiled attack on David Cameron yesterday as he branded opponents of changing the voting system as "dinosaurs".

Velociraptors were night hunters, fossil study finds

Jurassic Park may have been right – scientists have revealed that predators like velociraptors may have hunted at night.

'Thunder thighs' dinosaur discovered in America

A new dinosaur with enormously powerful thigh muscles has been discovered in America, it was announced today.

Travel Agenda: Snowdrop Week;. W London; Dinosaurs Unleashed; Genghis Khan; Ryanair

Today: The Easton Walled Gardens reopen for Snowdrop Week in Lincolnshire. Visitors will be treated to a carpet of delicate white flowers along the riverbanks and on the forest floor, while talks are provided courtesy of the gardeners ( eastonwalledgardens.co.uk).

Labour peers accused of sabotaging voting reform

Labour was accused last night of attempting to sabotage plans for electoral reform by stealth, after Peers voted to make this May's referendum binding only if the voter turnout was above 40 per cent.

2010: the year of the rock dinosaur

They are known for their growling and lizard-like skin but in rock, it seems, it pays to be a dinosaur. A new poll reveals music's biggest earners this year were practically prehistoric.

Judge Pickles dies aged 85

The controversial judge James Pickles has died aged 85, his son said yesterday.

How the demise of the dinosaurs led to super-sized mammals

The demise of the dinosaurs created the ecological opportunity for the diminutive prehistoric mammals of the time to become the largest creatures on Earth today, scientists have demonstrated conclusively for the first time.

Music & Me: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – or TEED to those in the know – is the brainchild of one Orlando Higginbottom, the on-the-button producer of the moment who serves up a veritable smorgasbord of cutting-edge bleeps and beats.

The joy of rex: Are documentaries becoming sexed-up?

Tonight, dinosaurs' mating habits will be explored on our screens. Will we learn anything or is it just the latest in a long line of sexed-up documentaries?

Observations: The Jurassic kid in another monster hit

These days, you could walk past him on the street and barely notice, but at one point in the mid-Nineties Joseph Mazzello was one of the most famous children in the world. Before he was 11 he'd acted opposite Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins, and was handpicked by Steven Spielberg to play dinosaur fanboy Tim in some film called Jurassic Park.

Frozen in time, 50 million years ago

A treasure trove of prehistoric insects preserved in amber has been found in India. Steve Connor takes a peek into the past

T. Rex was a cannibal

Tyrannosaurus Rex may have been a cannibal, new evidence suggests.

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

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Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice