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Prop was used in the film's opening sequence

Feather fossils reveal dinosaur's colour

A meat-eating dinosaur that lived about 125 million years ago was adorned with orange and white rings running along the length of its tail, according to a study that has identified the colour of dinosaurs for the first time.

DVD: Creation (PG)

Darwin was everywhere last year, with the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, but Jon Amiel's biopic offers little cause for celebration.

Dinosaur fossil fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge

Scientists have unearthed the fossilised bones of a meat-eating dinosaur the size of a large dog which they said could fill in the gaps about the early evolution and global migration of a group of animals that dominated the land for 170 million years.

Fossil theft: One of our dinosaurs is missing

The illegal trade is increasingly lucrative, with dire results for science

DVD: Ice Age 3

Perhaps not quite as witty as the previous films, Ice Age 3 is great for post Sunday lunch viewing.

Scientists unearth 'supercroc' that dined on dinosaurs

Palaentologists uncover five new crocodile species in Sahara

Women authors left off list of the year's top 10 books

Female writers won several major awards this year – including the Man Booker Prize – but the industry magazine doesn't include a single one in its round-up

Scientists identify new cluster of galaxies

Scientists have identified a cluster of galaxies further from earth than anything else that has ever been detected in the skies.

'Mini-me' T-Rex unearthed in China

A "mini" Tyrannosaurus rex looking almost identical to the most famed of dinosaurs, but many times smaller (and with even weedier arms), has been unearthed in China.

US scientists set to reveal the true colour of dinosaurs

A new technique that identifies the hue of ancient birds may help a Yale team with bigger beasts

Jurassic bully: Pick on someone your own size...

... and you might have thought the T.rex would. But scientists now think it preferred to prey on baby dinosaurs

Land of the Lost (12A), Brad Silberling, 110 mins

Based on a 1970s TV series, this spoof adventure epic stars Will Ferrell as an idiot palaeontologist whose invention of a showtune-singing time machine magicks him and two friends into a parallel dimension where dinosaurs roam.

On The Road: Rain-soaked days and dinosaur prints in Bolivia

T he rain, which all night has drowned out the sounds of soft rock and loud travellers' tales of anacondas from the pizza place next door, is still cascading down out of Rurrenabaque's grey sky when we wake up. This is the jungle, and airports are narrow strips of rough grass cut through the endless trees. Rain and jungle air travel don't mix.

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (U)

The makers of this franchise clearly don't believe in messing with a successful formula.

First Night: Walking with Dinosaurs SECC, Glasgow

A show to sink your teeth into
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