Stegosaurus: The giant herbivore with a deadly tail

Maybe the most iconic genus of dinosaurs ever excavated, the Stegosaurus was a herbivorous titan, capable of consuming huge quantities of low-level foliage while protecting itself from predators with its vast armoured frame and potentially lethal spiked tail. The first example … Continued

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Prehistoric giants: The biggest dinosaurs to ever exist

It’s somewhat frightening to imagine what it must have been like to wander around the plains of Africa and Argentina 100 million years ago. Whereas today you’d be hard-pressed to encounter a beast any bigger than yourself, back then you’d be … Continued

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Top 10 deadliest dinosaurs

Here’s our ultimate ranking of the 10 most terrifying beasts that ever lived… 1) Tyrannosaurus rex Tyrannosaurus rex (“tie-RAN-a-SORE-uss rex”) needs no introduction; its reputation as the ultimate carnivore and most badass dinosaur ever to roam the Earth precedes it. Tyrannosaurus rex … Continued

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The ferocious power of the famous Triceratops

One of the most well-known dinosaurs, the triceratops was a herbivorous titan that was very well equipped for a fight. Triceratops is a genus of herbivorous dinosaur that comprises two validated species – triceratops horrid us and triceratops prorsus, both of which roamed Earth during … Continued

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T-Rex myths busted: What did Jurassic Park get wrong?

Tyrannosaurus rex was a species of Theropoda dinosaur in the Late Cretaceous period. Like other tyrannosaurids – such as Tarbosaurus and Gorgosaurus – the T-rex was a bipedal carnivore and apex predator and scavenger, preying on smaller dinosaurs directly or out-muscling … Continued

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How did the T-Rex hunt its prey?

Tyrannosaurus rex – from Greek and Latin words meaning ‘tyrant’, ‘lizard’ and ‘king’ – was one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to walk the earth. It lived about 85 to 65 million years ago, in lightly forested North American river valleys and … Continued

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Who was the longest serving Pharaoh of Egypt?

According to later king lists, Pepi II ruled for 94 years around 2200 BCE. However, contemporary documents only go up to the seventh decade of his reign, and it is not certain that he really ruled for that long. The … Continued

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What is the dead man’s handle?

The ‘dead man’s handle’ was designed to act in the event of a driver falling ill while on duty. With the introduction of electricity on the railways at the end of the 19th century the fireman was no longer needed, … Continued

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Who designed the B-type bus?

Frank Searle joined the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) in 1907 as chief engineer. He knew traffic conditions in London required a vehicle of rugged design and used knowledge gained through the development of experimental motor buses to produce the … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: Stonehenge

1) Tallest stone The largest stone of the monument is one of the five Trilithons in the Sarsen Circle. It measures 7.3 metres high and weighs a quite ridiculous 45 tons. 2) Conspiracy theories Theories for what the site was built … Continued

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Which dinosaurs lived in Britain 70 million years ago?

Only two dinosaurs are known to have been in Britain 70 million years ago from the available evidence. Incomplete remains of an armoured dinosaur (ankylosaur) called acanthopholis and a single tooth of a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur), were both found within … Continued

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How did so many species of dog evolve from wolves?

People began to domesticate wolves at least 12,000 years ago, and probably in several parts of the world. Wolves would have been attracted to stone-age human encampments by food, and by taking in and bringing up puppies people found they … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: The Colosseum

1) What’s in a name The name ‘Colossuem’ is believed to have derived from a bronze statue of Nero, erected nearby. It was later remodelled into the likeness of Helios/Apollo the Sun god. 2) Super-sized The elliptical stadium is 189 metres (615 … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: Dinosaurs

1) Tallest dinosaur The tallest of all the dinosaurs was the giant Brachiosaurus, mainly thanks to its giraffe- like neck, which stood at a rather impressive height of 50 feet. 2) Shortest dinosaur  In contrast, one of the smallest dinosaurs to … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: Mount Rushmore

1) Time and money Also known as the Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore took a staggering 14 years to complete and cost just under $1 million. 2) Valley of giants The four presidents’ heads on the hill tower 5,500 feet above sea … Continued

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Did Marie Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?

Probably one of the most famous myths ever to spread through Western culture, Queen of France Marie Antoinette’s sentiment that if French peasants had no bread to eat then they should eat cake instead is at best a misunderstanding and … Continued

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Woolly mammoths could be brought back from extinction

The discovery of a female mammoth carcass preserved in snow could allow biologists to bring the ancient creatures back from extinction. The mammoth, which scientists have nicknamed Buttercup, was found frozen in Siberia in May 2013, and carbon dating of her flesh has revealed that she … Continued

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