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Earth’s earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own. Tubular structures found in black shale from a quarry in Gabon dating from 2.1 billion years ago – providing evidence of the earliest-known mobile organisms on Earth – are shown in Poitiers, France in this undated handout photo obtained February 11, 2019. Abderrazak Albani/IC2MP/CNRS/Universite de Poitiers/Handout via…

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Surprising elephant-sized mammal cousin lived alongside dinosaurs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A stoutly built mammal cousin the size of an elephant that munched on plants with its horny beak roamed the European landscape alongside dinosaurs during the Triassic Period about 205 million to 210 million years ago, scientists said on Thursday. A comparison of the Lisowicia bojani with a recent elephant is pictured in this illustration handout provided November 21, 2018. Tomasz Sulej and Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki/Handout via REUTERS Scientists announced the surprising discovery in Poland of fossils of a four-legged beast called Lisowicia bojani that demonstrated that dinosaurs…

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We lived in a single mum commune

Image copyright EPA Image caption The women navigated single life together, synchronising their weekends off from their children. Janet Hoggart had been a single mother for a year when she first offered her friend and baby her spare room. She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme how a few weeks turned into two years and it evolved into a “mum commune” with three mums and six children. “It made really happy memories in a time that could have been sad – when Vicky moved in the whole atmosphere lifted,” says Janet,…

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Cumbria slavery probe: Man ‘lived in shed for 40 years’

Image copyright GLAA Image caption The man was said to be living in a shed containing just a chair and soiled bedding A potential victim of modern slavery has been rescued after living in a shed for 40 years, according to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. Officers found the 58-year-old British man with just a chair and soiled bedding during a raid at a residential site north of Carlisle on Wednesday. He was taken away to be assessed by specialist medical staff. A 79-year-old man has been arrested on…

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Grenfell Inquiry: No-one should have lived there, says fire chief

Image copyright PA The spread of fire inside Grenfell Tower was so horrendous that no-one should ever have been allowed to live there, a fire chief has said. Deputy assistant commissioner Andrew O’Loughlin told the inquiry into the disaster that the failure of the building could not have been foreseen. He was defending the decision to tell residents to remain in their homes. People in flats not yet reached by smoke and fire should have been protected by the building, he said. Mr O’Loughlin was the most senior London Fire…

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Who killed the largest birds that ever lived?

Image copyright Zoological Society of London Image caption The bones of the elephant bird were found at Christmas River in Madagascar Prehistoric humans are under suspicion of wiping out the largest birds that ever lived after fossilised bones were discovered with telltale cut marks. According to scientists, it’s evidence that the elephant birds of Madagascar were hunted and butchered for food. The remains have been dated to about 10,000 years ago. Until now, the first settlers were thought to have arrived on the island about 2,500 to 4,000 years ago.…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – When El Loco lived up to his name

Sebastian Abreu pictured scoring winning penalty in 2010 shooutout​ His impudent ‘Panenka’ sent Uruguay through to the semi-finals ​Lugano: “He’s as mad as he is intelligent” It was one of the most memorable moments of this, or any, FIFA World Cup™. Sebastian Abreu had the responsibility of returning Uruguay to the semi-finals for the first time in four decades. But with Ghana also on the verge of history, and Africans united in support of the Black Stars, the vast bulk of a noisy, partisan Soccer City crowd was willing El…

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