Dinosaurs & Fossils

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a photo of a dinosaur skeleton in an empty museum gallery hall

Natural History Museum makes amends by sending Dippy the Diplodocus on a nationwide tour

After the shock of his departure from the NHM there are smiles all around the UK as Dippy the Diplodocus prepares to head out on a massive tour of the UK.

A photo of Dr Charlotte Houldcroft in a white lab coat at Cambridge university's Division of Biological Anthropology

Herpes started in chimpanzees and Neanderthals swapped infections with early humans, say scientists

Neanderthals and modern humans could have caught genital herpes and stomach ulcer-causing bacteria from each other, say anthropologists who believe the infectious diseases were carried out of Africa around 52,000 years ago.

T-rex statue

A Culture24 top ten of the best dinosaur museums and collections in the UK

Find the best dinosaur museums and collections in the UK with this Culture24 guide to the top ten places for dinosaurs and fossils.

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A Dragon Robber with a missing foot: Brothers discover UK's oldest Jurassic dinosaur on Welsh beach

A dinosaur known as the Welsh Dragon that was found on a beach near Penarth has been reunited with one of its missing feet and named in honour of the fossil hunters who unearthed it.

Concrete Iguanodon monument

Crystal Palace dinosaur conservation work restores Iggy the Iguanodon to his former glory

A 160-year-old statue of Iggy the Iguanodon is one of more than 30 iconic life-sized dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures being repaired in Crystal Palace Park.

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Object of the Week: "Stig", the huge fossil from a swamp in Wales 300 million years ago

This week we bring you the huge star exhibit of an exhibition in Wrexham which is the first to tell the tale of a Swamp Land in Wales 300 million years ago.

A photo of a forensically coloured early human skull

Scientists use skulls to show how "Last Common Ancestor" between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals might have looked

The last common ancestor between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals had a thick set brow and hints of modern humans' more delicate facial features, say scientists in Cambridge.

A photo of dinosaur footprints on rocks across an island

"A dinosaur disco preserved in stone": Scientists find tracks of long-necked sauropod dinosaurs from 170 million years ago in Scottish lagoons

Sauropods could have supported their "hopelessly heavy" weight by lounging in swamps on the Isle of Skye during the Middle Jurassic period, say scientists.

200-year-old token found on Dorset beach probably belonged to famous fossil-finder Mary Anning, say researchers

Mary Anning, the famous 19th century fossil collector who was revered across the world, probably owned a childhood token from more than 200 years ago found on a Lyme Regis beach by researchers.

A photo of a series of archaeological fossil remains in the shape of coloured teeth

Species "undiscovered" after Natural History Museum CT scans mouse-sized mid-Jurassic fossil found on Isle of Skye

A lucky discovery of a mouse-sized Jurassic fossil, found on a rock during an otherwise-uneventful trip to Scotland by a group of researchers, has resulted in the “undiscovery” of two species.

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