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Flight from the killing field

She made it. She has survived the killing fields of India and if everything has gone well is most likely resting somewhere on the coast of Somalia. To those around the world she is known simply as 95778, an Amur … 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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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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