Category Archives: palaeontology

The archaeology of palaeontology

Verdigrised and old. These plates and screws once held fossils in place. They were put there by Edwardian scientists as they pieced together these giant bone jigsaws, that science then was just getting into. Some of these pieces of bent … Continue reading

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In search of a prehistoric hamster

Today is the start of a journey that might just end with us discovering just how destructive our ancestors really were. Palaeontologist Dr Adam Yates is heading off to Darwin in Australia to find something that once looked like a … Continue reading

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Those mystery predators and the man who finds them

Dr Adam Yates has a knack for finding monsters. In the northern Free State, in South Africa a couple of years ago he was part of the dig team that found a 10 cm long serrated fang, that belonged to … Continue reading

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The world’s oldest use of poison

And the embargo breaks…scientists can now reveal that they have found the world’s oldest known use of poison. Traces of ricin were discovered on a 20000-year-old wooden stick that was excavated at Border Cave in Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa. The … Continue reading

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Scientists reveal the development of a world first open access laboratory.

It is just your normal CT scanner sitting in a hospital but it has allowed scientists to peer into a big lump of rock and discover some of the rarest fossils in the world. Tonight in Shanghai China a group … Continue reading

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A first ever peek at what was on the dinner table two million years ago.

It is the stuff dentists scrape off teeth every day and now it has allowed a bunch of scientists to take a peek at what was on the menu two million years ago. The embargo has just broken on the … Continue reading

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RIP Prof Tobias

I met Prof Tobias in 1996 and back then he spoke about his fears for the human race. I still have some of those quotes he gave me that day. One of them was:” I am concerned about the plight … Continue reading

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Car Parks and the mystery of the Peking Man

For 60 years the Peking Man fossils have remained missing. The Chinese government has offered a reward, researchers have tried to work out what happened and hoaxers pushed their luck. Nothing. But now an old US marine’s tale has provided … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs were doting parents

These tracks tell a story. They crisscross slabs of sedimentary rock, the spoor so old, they are set in stone. What it is is baby dinosaur spoor, 190 million years old, some so small they had just fought their way … Continue reading

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The bone yard reunion

If everything fits together it will be a 200-million-year-old reunion. Two pieces of fossilised bone belonging to the same dinosaur brought together after eons of erosion, geological upheavals and scores of ice ages. The fossil looks like any piece of … Continue reading

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