Malta seeks return of shark tooth fossil gifted to Prince George

Tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon, a close relative of the Great White shark, that lived 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene Epoch. It measures 5.4 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and was discovered in North Carolina. Photo by Tomleetaiwan

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.

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Sweden: Bones of dog found at Stone Age burial site

Polychrome tracing made by the archaeologist Henri Breuil from the Paleolithic cave painting of Canis c.f. familiaris, a wolf-like canid, discovered in the Font-de-Gaume cave, Dordogne, France, dated to 17,000 years ago

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.

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VIDEO: T. rex comes to NYC for exhibition, auction

‘Stan,’ the celebrated T. rex, will be on exhibit in New York through Oct. 21. Image courtesy of Christie’s

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.

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Mega lunar meteorite offered for private sale

NWA 12691 — The Fifth Largest Piece Of The Moon On Earth, Lunar Feldspathic Breccia, 13.535kg, Sahara Desert, Western Sahara. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2020

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.

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Rare saber-tooth cat skull fossil could make $1M at auction

Rare saber-tooth cat skull – the iconic American fossil. Heritage Auctions image

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.

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Scientists in New Zealand discover one of world’s oldest bird species

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.

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Master planning begins for renovating LA’s La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits fauna as depicted by Charles R. Knight

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.

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Super-rare skeleton of dodo bird to be auctioned May 24 in London

Dodo skeleton, Mauritius, before 1690, 64 x 55 x 35cm. Image courtesy of Christie’s

LONDON – Christie’s has announced it will auction a near-complete dodo skeleton from Mauritius, dated before 1690. It is the star attraction of their Science and Natural History auction, which will take place on May 24 in London.

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‘Mr. Key West’ quietly donated private island to wildlife refuge

Ballast Key, which locals called “David’s island,” in reference to the island’s owner, David Wolkowsky. A visionary environmentalist, Wolkowsky lived in this lighthouse-inspired home on the island. Photo by Joe Schmidt

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.

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Birdlike dinosaur finally has name decades after discovery 

Convolosaurus marri skeleton photo courtesy of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science

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.

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