Maoris win return of preserved heads hidden away in museum

The preserved tattooed heads of three New Zealand warriors which have been hidden away in a Glasgow museum for decades are to be returned to their homeland.

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Top naturalist accuses 'wildlife fascists'

Conservationists charged with trying to 'purify' UK plants and animals by culling non-native species

Eric Ashby

Conservationist and wildlife film-maker who observed the secret life of the New Forest

Song of the Western Man, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

The island of lost content

History is updated

A new BBC series has re-enacted Captain Cook's voyage of discovery. Meg Carter reports on this latest format of 'extreme history'

Obituary: Joseph Ewan

NO ACADEMIC subject is truly the creation of a single person, but, if George Sarton can be said, more or less, to have created the flourishing modern discipline of History of Science in the United States and elsewhere, it is hardly too much to add (as a footnote) that Joseph Ewan, who died last week at the age of 90, established the history of natural history in America as a subject of scholarship. He was himself, without question, the leading historian of American botany.

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Before the week is out: See this

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