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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, Carlos Saldanha, 96 mins, (U)<br>Am I Black Enough for You, Goran Hugo Olsson, 87 mins, (12A)

The third Ice Age movie subjects its child viewers to too many grown-up themes before the fun starts

How global warming shrank St Kilda's sheep

Darwinism turned on its head as milder winters allow smaller lambs to survive

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

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New techniques prove mammoths more recent than first thought

Woolly mammoths were roaming the Shropshire countryside thousands of years after they were thought to be extinct, research suggests.

Private fossil collections must be shared with all

The discovery of 'Ida' awakens the public to the world of private fossil collections

Dinosaurs, the giraffes of their day

Ever since palaeontologists pieced together the many bones of lumbering sauropods they have argued about how these largest of dinosaurs would have held their immensely long necks.

After 35,000 years, erotic art for cavemen discovered

With its grotesquely exaggerated features, this could easily be the work of one of the 20th century's great figurative artists. But this voluptuous Venus was carved out of a mammoth's tusk more than 35,000 years ago.

Coast watch: Tracing the footsteps of dinosaurs and Dracula in Whitby

North Yorkshire's shoreline is littered with ancient fossils and relics of the past.

Pick of the picture books: Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds, By John Long

They look as if some ageing-hippie illustrator of post-Tolkien fantasy novels had suffered an LSD flashback after watching Hitchcock's The Birds and run utterly amok. Feathered raptors, grotesque predatory relations of the nice little birdies that warble in gardens, swoop and snarl and tear each to bits.

Dinosaur City's record haul of 7,600 bones to shed light on extinction

More than 7,600 dinosaur bones have been found in China, a discovery that could help establish why they died out. The find at Zhucheng, in Shandong province, has become known as "Dinosaur City" as a result of bones uncovered there since the 1960s. It is thought to be the biggest in the world and includes the remains of the predator Tyrannosaurus rex and what is thought to be the largest "duck-billed" dinosaur.

New species of giant pterosaur discovered

A new species of pterosaurs which had a wingspan the size of a family car has been uncovered by scientists.

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