Dinosaurs & Fossils

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Huge meteorites and baby T-Rexes: Armagh Planetarium shoots for the stars

The Northern Irish venue's first event for Museums at Night features a cinema, balloons and a robotic dinosaur made out of foam. We find out more.

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Dinosaur toe bone found in Doncaster to return home to Scarborough after 50 years

A metatarsal of a sauropod, spotted as a missing specimen in the collection at Doncaster Museum, is to return to the Rotunda collection for the first time since 1964.

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520 million-year-old swivel-eyed predator carried earliest cardiovascular system, say experts

A fossil found in China, related to modern insects, spiders, lobsters and millipedes, has one of the earliest blood vessel systems in a living animal, say Natural History Museum scientists.

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50 million-year-old hungry caterpillar bites found by scientists in Manchester

Scientists have used an electromagnetic radiation technique 10 billion times brighter than the sun on a leaf fossil left by an epoch on the west of the US.

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"A curiosity for fabulous things": Multimillion pound Jurassic museum set for Kimmeridge

Steve Etches' incredible collection of Jurassic fossils and scientific discoveries will become a major new museum in 2016 after a £2.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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Thousands pour through doors as Oxford University Museum of Natural History re-opens

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History welcomed thousands of visitors this weekend after reopening its doors following a £2 million roof restoration project.

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From cocoon to beautiful butterfly: Zoology Museum plans Wonders of Animal Kingdom

Launched on Charles Darwin's 205th birthday, a £3 million fundraising campaign aims to turn the Cambridge Museum of Zoology into a palace of the animal kingdom in 2016.

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Dodos, Lewis Carroll and Polly Morgan: Inside Warrington's Cabinet of Curiosities

A spectacular new gallery at the 19th century Warrington Museum features more than 80 colourful birds, a seal and a giant anteater. Manager Janice Hayes tells us more.

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Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

An egg cracked by Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle Voyage of the 1830s is among the highlights of an unusual and quirky display of discovery at London's Two Temple Place.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History prepares to reopen after "long, dark year"

Live bugs and specimens will await visitors when the Museum of Natural History reopens following a 14-month, £2 million roof job.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge see Natural History Museum's David Attenborough film

Screening on Sky on New Year's Day, Natural History Museum Alive 3D had its premiere at the institution in front of an audience headed by royalty.

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Early Neanderthal and Homo sapiens men lurk ahead of Natural History Museum 2014 show

A pair of hairy, wizened models of two of the earliest types of man to roam Britain have been delivered - and then swiftly hidden from view - at the Natural History Museum.

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Halloween special: Dracula, false widow spiders and cave dwellers at the NHM

Find out about the "vampire's face" in a Dracula bug spotted in the Natural History Museum's wildlife garden, as well as a set of 520 million-year-old nerves.

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Fabulous fossil Fizzy the Ichthyosaur returns to Doncaster Museum after conservation

The skull, teeth and wrongly placed fins of a 183-million-year-old fossil have returned to Doncaster as part of an extensive conservation project.

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200 million-year-old fish fossils return to Scarborough after "extended vacation"

Having spent 50 years in Doncaster, a set of ancient fish fossils are returning to Scarborough following a conservation project which has delighted curators in Yorkshire.

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