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Dinosaur auction features fighting pair of skeletons

DALLAS (Reuters) – Natural history buffs with Tyrannosaurus-sized bank accounts got a chance to ante up on Sunday when an unusually large collection of fully assembled, museum-quality dinosaur skeletons was put up for auction. The featured stars of the Heritage Auctions bidding were a “fighting pair” of dinosaur skeletons that…

Two environmentalists gunned down in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — A husband and wife team of environmentalists have been killed by gunmen in Brazil’s northern Amazon state of Para, one of the most restive regions in the country due to land disputes, officials said Wednesday. Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff ordered an immediate federal investigation to find…

Evolution in reverse: insects recover lost ‘wings’

PARIS — The extravagant headgear of small bugs called treehoppers are in fact wing-like appendages that grew back 200 million years after evolution had supposedly cast them aside, according to a study published Thursday in Nature. That’s probably shocking news if you are an entomologist, and challenges some very basic…

Taiwan gives China rare deer and goats in act of ‘animal diplomacy’

Taiwan has given China a pair of endangered deer and one of indigenous goats, zoo officials said Sunday, in the latest piece of animal diplomacy after China gave its former arch-enemy two pandas. The two sika deer and two Formosan serows — both seldom seen in the wild — were…

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