Boy discovers 30,000-year-old mammoth

An 11 year-old Russian boy made one of the discoveries of the century when he stumbled across the remains of a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth, the New Scientist reports.

Moor please: The 'very sexy' Alhambra in Granada, Spain

My Life In Travel: Martin Shaw, actor

'If it's possible for a building to convey sensuality – then the Alhambra does it'

Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, By Jean Sprackland

Under a poet's eyes, the sands of Liverpool Bay yield treasures of natural and human history.

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Hidden corners of England: Jubilee preparations

Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists, By Rebecca Stott

On the origin of Darwin's famous idea

A scene from Aardman’s 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists'

Ahoy! Meet the real-life pirate scientist 300 years ahead of Aardman

Steve Connor discovers uncanny parallels between a swashbuckling pioneer and a new animated hero

Paul Vallely: That's me – at the pinnacle of evolution

Our writer relishes middle age. It means he is in his prime...

Fred West drama up for awards

The controversial ITV1 drama Appropriate Adult, about Fred West, has received three nominations at this year's Royal Television Society awards, including a Best Actor nod for Dominic West for his role as the notorious serial killer.

Intrepid: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, photographed eight months before he reached the South Pole 100 years ago in January

Everybody loves a winner, but we like a trier even more

Could the British still summon the stoicism of Captain Scott, asks Harry Mount

Attenborough on Adélie penguins: 'It's impossible not to be entertained by them. Although for Mark Smith, who filmed them for four months in a tent, I dare say the joke ran a bit thin.'

Going to extremes

No one goes as far to bring distant lands closer than David Attenborough. As his latest series draws to a close, Ben Ross meets the king of natural history

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David Attenborough: Going to extremes

David Attenborough has shown us the fragile beauty of the earth's polar regions up close. As his latest series draws to a close, Ben Ross talks to him about filming there and what it has revealed for our future

Dougie Poynter takes I'm A Celeb tips from Matt Willis

The McFly guitarist - who is entering the ITV1 show alongside the likes of Mark Wright, Freddie Starr and Antony Cotton on Sunday - has received tips on how to cope with the gruesome challenges presented on the series from his close pal, who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2006.

Last Night's Viewing: Frozen Planet, BBC1 / Paul Merton's Adventures, Channel 5

I guess pretty much everyone's been through a tough patch in the dating game – moments when you wondered whether you'd ever meet up with a suitable partner. Spare a thought for the polar bear, though, obliged by nature and the unforgiving mathematics of the predator pyramid to roam for hundreds of square miles in search of a mate. What's more, both the mate and the miles are blinding white. In Frozen Planet last night, we were able to watch one bear doggedly pursuing another by literally following in her footsteps, placing each paw on to the compacted snow left by his target, in order to conserve energy. And it wasn't foreplay he was saving the energy up for but defence of his prize. When their brief liaison began, the male looked like something off a global warming poster, a Brad Pitt of polar bears. By the end, having had to break off repeatedly to punch interlopers who were eyeing up his date, he looked more like Sylvester Stallone at the end of Rocky.

The curious case of Britain's wildlife revival

Otters and salmon have returned to our rivers, red kites are soaring over our motorways and exotic egrets are colonising our wetlands. So has British wildlife really made a comeback? Naturalist Stephen Moss investigates
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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
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Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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