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First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
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A new dinosaur species from South America has been identified, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The 200 million year old fossils are from the La Quinta Formation in Venezuela, making this the first dinosaur find in the north of South America. The species is named Laquintasaura venezuelae, after its location, in a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Date:
06/08/2014
A word in your ear, but make it snappy
A word in your ear, but make it snappy
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Crocodiles usually conjure images of sharp teeth and powerful jaws – but they are not famous for their hearing. However this could all change as new research sheds light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the modern era.
Date:
28/07/2014
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
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Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Date:
28/07/2014
Rock and roll – Lapworth staff celebrate historic multimillion pound redevelopment grant
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The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology is celebrating the receipt of a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant towards a £2.5 million redevelopment project.
Date:
22/07/2014
The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
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GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
Date:
27/06/2014
The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
Description
Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014
Athena SWAN award recognises school's commitment to supporting women in academia
Description
The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has won an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its commitment to supporting the careers of women in academia.
Date:
06/05/2014
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