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New fossil research suggests the kiwi and emu share a common ancestor which travelled over to the smaller island nation millions of years ago

Dinosaur that sprinted like a cheetah is found in fossil

ONE OF the most perfectly preserved fossils of a meat-eating dinosaur - giving a unique view of the animal's internal organs - has revealed that although the extinct carnivores often lounged around like lizards, they could also sprint like a cheetah.

Oldest flower fossil discovered

RESEARCHERS BELIEVE that they have discovered fossil evidence of the world's oldest flower -142 million years old.

Country: What's On This Weekend

BABIES, FOSSILS and crocodiles will be represented at the Herne Bay Festival today. Find out who is the bonniest at the Baby Show, then join the Great Shark's Tooth Hunt which is part of the Fossil Roadshow - bits of Ice Age mammoth and rhinoceros have been uncovered in this part of the Kentish coast.

Ancient relics roadshow delights fans of fossils

THE specimens were antique but there was no sign of Hugh Scully waiting to pounce on a Faberge egg or enthuse over a fine example of Venetian glass. Instead, they delved into carrier bags and shoe boxes and produced pieces of dusty rock and bones for the experts to look at.

Science: How dinosaurs cracked the whip

The real Jurassic Park may have been alive with the sound of whips. A new theory suggests that dinosaurs such as the brontosaurus may have cracked their tails like huge whips to woo lovers and intimidate rivals.

Science: Raiders of the Jurassic Park

Dinosaurs are big business: for museums they're a must-have, for palaeontologists they're a must-find. But what happens when landowners realise that there's money in those old bones? Alexandra Zavis and Charles Arthur on how commercial success could doom the dinosaurs.

Evolution with a human facelift

Truth is stranger than fiction, runs the old adage. But isn't the really strange thing about truth that it is also more changeable than fiction? A fiction once accepted must stay fixed and immutable, while truth is free to change. The slippery nature of truth is one of the themes that runs through a fascinating new book that tells the story of four thousand billion years of life on Earth in just under 400 pages. In Life: an unauthorised biography, the palaeontologist Richard Fortey makes the radical suggestion that the truths of evolution are forged as much in the fierce battle for survival among scientists, as in the lives of the animals petrified in the rocks.

Hollow bones of flying reptile rewrite evolution

This 250-million-year-old skeleton, of the first known flying vertebrate has made scientists reconsider their ideas on how organisms can evolve.

Battle for the bones of a $1m dinosaur called Sue

The most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in existence may fetch $1m, the highest price ever paid for fossil, when it is auctioned next year.

Plea to President

Plea to President

ETCETERA / Design Dinosaurs: 12 The Hostess Trolley: Correction

The top price of a Hostess trolley is pounds 700, not over pounds 1,000 as stated last week.

Unhatched dinosaur eggs discovered

BRITISH scientists are celebrating the discovery of the largest collection of unhatched dinosaur eggs, writes Tom Wilkie. The eggs, which come from China, are believed to contain pterosaur and diplodocus embryos - the first of their type to be discovered.

Go west young man and find the past: Richard Fortey is a rare species; a scientist who can express his uplifting enthusiasm in writing. Here he is, enjoying himself this week at Haverfordwest, Dyfed, the starting point of his epic account of the rocks that tell the story of Britain

Twenty years ago, I travelled to Haverfordwest to get to the past. From Paddington Station, a Great Western locomotive took me on a journey westwards from London, further and further back into geological time, from the age of mammals to the age of trilobites. The train soon quit the flat Thames Valley beyond Reading, and with it the soft sands and hard cobbles of the Reading Beds, laid down when there were mammals and birds on land and crabs in the sea, and when the world would have felt familiar.

Travel: Swot Spot: Monsters escape from movie: You don't have to see 'Jurassic Park' to learn all about dinosaurs. David Keys tracks down fossils, models and a host of robotic delights

THE gorier aspects of the Spielberg dinosaur spectacular, Jurassic Park, have discouraged many parents from taking the kids to see it. Happily, there are plenty of real parks - and museums - scattered across Britain which cater for children's love of monsters without giving them nightmares.

Cash plea for dinosaur eggs

AN APPEAL to raise pounds 20,000 to buy a nest of dinosaur's eggs - some of them possibly unhatched - was today being launched by a leading museum.
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