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Even the famous chimps led sad lives.

When Nikki was rescued by the Jane Goodall Institute, he was found dressed like a little boy. He had on a gold watch, was wearing denim shorts, and carrying a suitcase with a change of clothes.   The chimpanzee was … 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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Catching Amur falcons.

Amur hunting begins just after the call goes out for evening prayers at the Newcastle Mosque. By then the sun has dipped below the horizon and the first Amur falcon tumbles into a high altitude mist net set up amongst … 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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Vampires and headless corpses

In Bulgaria archaeologists exhumed two medieval vampires. Rusted iron stakes still lay driven through their bones, the desperate hope of a community that the dead person would not return. The belief was that the rods would pin the corpse in … Continue reading

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The small critter that is making the world a hotter place, one fart at a time.

For a long time cows have had a bum deal. They have been accused of contributing to global warming because of the amount of gas that comes out of their rear ends. Cows have paid the penalty. They are not … 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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How the Martians invaded earth and became us.

Just maybe we have been visited by aliens, and perhaps we are them. Last week I interviewed Dr Suzanne Young who worked on NASA’s 2007 Phoenix mission to Mars. This was a probe that landed near the Martian north pole … Continue reading

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Vultures’ human feast throws out forensic investigations.

For long time US forensic investigators thought they had the low down on all there is to know about human decay. By taking into consideration temperature, insect activity and weather conditions they believed they could compute just how long it … Continue reading

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Recovered from the bellies of fish, hands of prisoners and the claws of family cats

Spent last weekend with a bunch of ornithologists trying to catch a white bellied bustard. This is not a particularly rare bird, but it does seem to have an inkling of what those pesky humans are up too with their … Continue reading

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