VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.
STOCKHOLM (AP) – Archaeologists on Thursday reported finding the remains of a dog from more than 8,400 years ago at a human burial site in southern Sweden.
NEW YORK – On Oct. 6, Christie’s will offer one of the largest, most complete and widely studied Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever discovered. Endearingly named “STAN” after the paleontologist who first found the skeleton’s partially unearthed hip bones, the T. rex is an extraordinary specimen from approximately 67 million years ago.
LONDON – Christie’s is offering for private sale the lunar rock NWA 12691. It is among the largest known pieces of the Moon in existence. Moon rock is among the rarest substances on Earth, with less than 650 kg. of lunar meteorites known to exist. This example is the fifth-largest piece of the Moon on Earth, larger than any returned by the Apollo program. Valued in the region of £2 million (US$2.5 million), the specimen is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.
DALLAS – The largest example ever recorded of one of the most instantly recognizable of all fossils could bring as much as $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ Nature & Science Auction Sept. 28. The rare saber-tooth cat skull is one of fewer than 10 full skulls ever brought to auction.
Artist’s impression of bony-tooth bird fossil found in New Zealand, Protodontopteryx ruthae. Illustration by Derek Onley. Image available through CC by NC license for news and current affairs use
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, New Zealand.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three architect-led teams will compete for the job of leading master planning for renovation of Los Angeles’ famed La Brea Tar Pits.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – The southernmost private island in the United States, owned since the 1970s by the late Key West philanthropist and visionary David Wolkowsky, will be preserved as part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge under an agreement struck after decades of negotiations.
DALLAS (AP) – About 120 million years ago, flocks of small dinosaurs bounded from plant to plant in an open floodplain southwest of what is now Fort Worth. They stood on two legs as they foraged for leaves and shoots. The smallest hatchlings were about the length of your hand, while the largest measured 9 feet from head to tail.