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When fish took their first steps on land...

Footprints dating back 395 million years shed light on evolutionary milestone

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.

Teenage tantrums of the T rex

Tyrannosaurus rex had terrible teenage tantrums that ended in fierce fights between bickering adolescents which left scars that can still be seen in fossils tens of millions of years old.

Found in Dorset, the giant sea monster that was armed to the teeth

Collector spent years finding and assembling bones

Skull of giant 'sea monster' discovered

The fossilised skull of a giant "sea monster" has been discovered off the UK's Jurassic Coast, a local council announced.

Reptile fossils solve mystery that has baffled evolutionists

Remains provide link between long-tailed and short-tailed pterosaurs

'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.

Leviathan or, The Whale, By Philip Hoare

How rare to encounter any book that holds you utterly in its grasp from first page to last. Reading this cetacean love letter, the everyday world falls away. Beguiled by the mammoths of the deep, your mind moves through oceans.

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

Digging deep for inspiration: Tracy Chevalier unearths the world of female fossil hunters

Tracy Chevalier dips a hand into her bag to pluck out a circular black rock which, in the centre of her palm, glitters like the giant eyeball of a Jurassic Cyclops. The rock, she explains, is a fossil, an ancient bone of a prehistoric creature ("Look, it was a big, big animal" ), which she discovered while scouring the beaches of Lyme Regis, famed among 19th-century "dinosaur hunters" for paleontological treasures which were known to nestle like primordial undergrowth beneath centuries of seaside shingle.

Fossil reveals how pterosaur fell to earth – with a hop

Ancient tracks found in France show the Jurassic reptile landing like a modern bird

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

John Lichfield: The life cycle of the Dutch teenager

Emmeloord Notebook: Teenagers chatted each other up by cycling in slow circles, without dismounting
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Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

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