Dinosaurs & Fossils

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Palaeontologists discover new dog-sized dinosaur species in Venezuela

A new dinosaur species the size of a small dog has been identified by scientists from the Natural History Museum and the University of Zürich.

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In Pictures: Natural History Museum to open Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea show

See some of the panoramic views which will be on show when the Natural History Museum opens its exhibition of more than 200 coral specimens next year.

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Fossil bones of dinosaur Iggy the Iguanodon go back on display at Maidstone Museum

Iggy the Iguanodon, whose Victorian discovery enabled palaeontologists to figure out the anatomy of a mighty dinosaur, has gone back on display in the county where he was first discovered.

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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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