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Lythronax argestes: Scientists discover new ‘King of Gore’ dinosaur species that is ‘great-uncle’ to T-rex

Discovery of 24ft (7.3m) long, 8ft (2.4m) high predator changes our understanding of evolution of tyrannosaur family

Woolly mammoths became extinct because of climate change – not hunting

DNA research reveals dynamic populations of the giant animals, showing numbers plummeted at the end of the last ice age

'Astounding' fossil find from Montana revealing two dinosaurs locked in mortal combat

Mortal combat: Unique duelling dinosaur fossil could be lost to science when it is auctioned for up to £6m

Researchers fear the unique £4.5m find could be lost to science unless sold to a museum

Archaeologists discover dinosaur tail in Mexico's desert

The five-metre tail was the first ever found in the country

'Big nosed horned face': The literally named and slightly more unusual looking species of dinosaur discovered in Utah

The dinosaur's name translates as "big -nosed horned face"

Introducing the 'lonely small bandit': new species of dinosaur discovered in Madagascar

A new species of dinosaur whose translated name means “lonely small bandit” has been discovered in Madagascar.

Eric Prokopi and his family pose under a dinosaur skeleton

Fossils dealer smuggled Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth $1m

Eric Prokopi is accused of acquiring the ancient remains from Mongolia between 2010 and 2012

The lizard Obamadon looks on as the carnivorous lizard Palaeosaniwa stalks its Edmontosaurus prey

Taxonomy: Introducing the Obamadon

It's seen as a sign of respect awarded by scientists around the world searching for new species of plant and animal life. Now Barack Obama has the honour of having not one, but three species named after him.

World's oldest dinosaur discovered in drawer

A set of fossilised bones kept for more than half a century in the dusty storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London have turned out to have belonged to the earliest known dinosaur to roam the land.

An artist’s impression of Nyasasaurus, which lived in the Triassic period in what is now Tanzania

World's oldest dinosaur found – in a museum storeroom

Bones locked away for more than half a century overturn previous theories

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.

Night at the museum: Priceless treasures at the Natural History Museum after hours

In the 2004 film Night at the Museum, Ben Stiller’s security guard was in for quite a shock when the exhibited T-Rex skeleton sprang to life and began to chase him around the building.

Dinosaurs' eggs linked to their downfall

Laying eggs led to the dinosaurs' downfall after ruling the Earth for 150 million years, a study suggests.

New Zealand's penguin power

A giant penguin more than 4ft (1.2m) tall roamed New Zealand about 27 million years ago, according to paleontologists who have reconstructed it from fossil remains.

UK scientists find 'lost' Charles Darwin fossils

British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years.

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