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Illustration showing a primitive amphibian lunging at a giant insect about 298 million years ago

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See strange and intriguing prehistoric creatures brought to life by the art of Julius Csotonyi, from giant insects to menacing marine predators.

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Artist's impression of the asteroid impact that occurred 66 million years ago

Dinosaurs doing well before asteroid impact

Contrary to previous suggestions, most dinosaurs were likely not declining before the impact wiped them out entirely.

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CT scan of a porpoise foetus

Pictures worth a thousand words

Museum researcher Sandy Knapp and curator Andrea Hart discuss the value and evolution of scientific imaging, and Molly Clery has a porpoise foetus CT scanned.

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