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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Strange fish from a watery rave

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.

The leg-pull theory of history explained

LAST WEEK, I mentioned one of the great mysteries of our time, namely the way that you can listen to a weather forecast on the radio, especially on Today, and not have the faintest idea afterwards what it said about the weather in your area.

Museum gallery damaged in 1940 reopens

A GALLERY at the Natural History Museum, badly damaged by a bomb in the Second World War, reopened yesterday after a pounds 1.4m restoration.

Before the week is out: See this

ALRIGHT, SO you're not going to make it onto the front row, but you can still go to London Fashion Week - or at least the London Fashion Week-End. Tickets are available for catwalk shows on Saturday and Sunday, with major designers such as Amanda Wakely, Ben di Lisi and Jimmy Choo showing their autumn/winter '99 collections. And if you see anything you like enough, the on-site Designer Sale will gladly relieve you of your cash.
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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