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'Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis'

This is a model skeleton of 'Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis', a herbivorous dinosaur which was 25 m long and belonged to the sauropod group of dinosaurs. There is also an associated website.

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'Cooking' carbon to make crude oil

Visit the rugged Arabian mountains to see the exposed remains of the bottom of the ancient Tethys ocean, the prehistoric algal soup that gave rise to today's massive oil fields of the Middle East. Hear how oil-source rock laid down in the Jurassic Period changed over millennia as the Earth's surface was re-shaped. Under ...

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Carbon and the origins of crude oil

Follow a carbon atom as the central character in a story about crude oil. Watch as this ancient chemical that has existed since the dawn of time is recycled through all life forms, oceans, rocks and the atmosphere. See the origins of the vast oil fields on which the modern world now depends.

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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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Uncovering oil under Arabian deserts

Listen to concerns in the 1950s about predicted declining oil production in the United States. Hear about the discovery of the world's largest oil field in Saudi Arabia, described as a 'treasure trove of the Jurassic Tethys ocean'. Catch up with the carbon atom that is the central character in the story about crude oil ...

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Marine phytoplankton diatom

This is a coloured scanning electron microscope photograph of 'Coscinodiscus' species, a marine phytoplankton diatom, magnified 600 times. The image shows the diatom's natural colours.

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'Iguanodon' tooth

This is a brown, fossilised dinosaur tooth with a worn crown. The tooth is mounted on a piece of card with a handwritten note, almost certainly written by palaeontologist Dr Gideon Mantell. Another note on the back is written by the British geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) and dated 4 Feb [18]56. The tooth measures ...

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Catalyst - Wollemi Pine, 2005: The secret garden

This clip describes the discovery of the Wollemi pine in the Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, in 1994. News footage from the time and a re-enactment of David Noble abseiling into an unknown gorge where he discovered the trees are shown. A narrator provides an explanation of the supercontinent Gondwana and how the ...