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July 13, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Film franchises that make it past three movies don't tend to be known for the fourth - "Batman and Robin," anyone? "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"? - and critics' reviews indicate "Ice Age: Continental Drift" won't be one to buck the trend. The 3-D animated adventure follows a group of prehistoric animal pals (voiced by Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo) adrift on an iceberg, but many critics say the film itself is equally directionless. The Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey pens one of the more positive reviews, calling this fourth installment "an improvement over No. 3, 2009's 'Dawn of the Dinosaurs,' which completely lost it when the Ice Age went tropical.
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March 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano. A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes. "These slightly warmer areas would have kept some parts of the continent ice free and let organisms survive on that land," said Peter Convey of the British Antarctic Survey. "Then, when the ice receded, the plants and animals spread out from that refuge to occupy other places.
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November 24, 2011
'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas' Where: Fox When: 8 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Perhaps in pursuit of prey, a senior saber-tooth cat with chronic arthritis and damaged teeth fell into the death trap now known as the La Brea tar pits and died, attracting swarms of scavenging insects and rodents. Eventually, the rotting carcass and its parasites were entombed in the sticky mire, continuing the cycle of death in a site renowned as the world's richest deposit of late Ice Age fossils. This is only part of the story emerging from remnants of the big cat and other animals excavated by Page Museum paleontologists at the La Brea tar pits.
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July 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman
The head-to-head battle of two animated giants in China turned out to be a rout. Twentieth Century Fox's "Ice Age: Continental Drift" destroyed Universal Pictures' '"The Lorax" at the box office after both opened Friday -- the first salvo in an effort by the country's largest film distributor to depress ticket sales of Hollywood movies. Released through China Film Group, the fourth "Ice Age" film grossed $15.7 million, while "The Lorax" took in only $964,000. Fox was helped by securing far more theaters: 3,500, compared with just 1,060 for Universal.
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March 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano. A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes. "These slightly warmer areas would have kept some parts of the continent ice free and let organisms survive on that land," said Peter Convey of the British Antarctic Survey. "Then, when the ice receded, the plants and animals spread out from that refuge to occupy other places.
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July 12, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" will float to the top of the box office chart this weekend, as the animated 3-D sequel is expected to freeze out all of the competition. The fourth installment in the popular series featuring a group of prehistoric mammals will probably debut with a solid sum of between $50 million and $55 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Twentieth Century Fox is predicting a softer domestic opening of $35 million to $40 million.
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October 25, 2009 | Noel Murray
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20th Century Fox, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 At times, this third go-round for the prehistoric mammals of the "Ice Age" franchise feels like a sitcom nearing the end of its run. Some characters are settling down and starting families, others are feeling jealous and shut out . . . it's all a bit of a bummer for a kid flick. The movie improves, though, once the titular giant reptiles show up and the "Ice Age" crew discovers a lost world below the ice. The special edition DVD and Blu-ray come loaded with extras, including a commentary track, deleted scenes, interviews with the voice talent and bonus shorts featuring the slapstick character Scrat.
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July 1, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
There are so many things going on in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," what with Scrat getting a girlfriend, Ellie about to deliver a mini-mammoth, Sid contemplating adoption, Diego dealing with age issues and Manny worried about everything, to say nothing of the huge tropical world of dinosaurs that they've just discovered under the ice, you'd think the movie would zoom by in a Paleozoic flash.
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July 16, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
20th Century Fox can chill out now, as the fourth installment of the studio's animated "Ice Age" franchise easily debuted in the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the only new movie to hit theaters nationwide this weekend, opened with a solid domestic sum of $46 million, according to an estimate from Fox. The 3-D picture reunites the series' beloved band of prehistoric mammals and features a number of celebrities in its voice cast, including Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj and Ray Romano.
SCIENCE
August 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A three-century record of penguin poop shows that the flightless birds probably thrived during the Little Ice Age, a Chinese research team says. Contrary to some reports that the Adelie penguin fared better in warmer conditions, when sea ice broke up, Earth scientist Zhou-Quing Xie of the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, says that from 1490 to 1670, the middle of the so-called Little Ice Age, Adelies thrived on Ross Island off...
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May 28, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Given the short half-life of DNA, we may never have a Jurassic Park - but could we one day boast of an Ice Age Garden? Scientists have brought back to life a collection of roughly 400-year-old frozen plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic. The feat, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that certain plants might be much tougher than previously thought, able to regenerate after centuries under ice.  "Their structural preservation is exceptional," the study authors wrote.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Start digging into Southern California and you never know what you'll find. The fossilized remains of an Ice Age bison were found by a Caltrans construction crew near Pala Mesa in northern San Diego County. The crew was working on a construction project at Interstate 15 and California 76. Scientists say the remains are about 200,000 years old and are the first of their kind found in Southern California. In about six weeks, after more digging, the remains -- including skull and hip bones -- will be displayed at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
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May 7, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Would Ice Age man understand us? It may depend on the words we choose. Digging through languages in Eurasia for "fossil" words that have escaped erosion over time, researchers say they have identified an ancestral language that existed as far as 15,000 years ago. This ancient language, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may have given rise to several different language groups - including Indo-European, which boasts roughly...
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March 7, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
First the good news: In the last 11,300 years, humans have endured a planet warmer than today's, even as they set about building their earliest civilizations. Now the bad news: That will no longer be true 87 years from now, according to scientists who have conducted a comprehensive analysis of the planet's climate history since the world's ice sheets began their most recent retreat from North America and Europe. New research into Earth's ancient climate is providing a clearer, more detailed view of how the planet's average surface temperature fluctuated over the period known as the Holocene epoch, which continues today.
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March 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Nearly 200 years after Charles Darwin wondered how a fox-looking wolf came to live on South American islands hundreds of miles from the mainland, scientists think they have the answer. The Falkland Islands wolf, the only land animal believed to have occupied the Falkland Islands before it was hunted into extinction in the 19 th century, trekked to its final home over ice sheets during the last ice age, researchers concluded. The wolf, Dusicyon australis , became isolated from its sister species, Dusicyon avus, on the South America mainland about 16,000 years ago, according to the study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.
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February 24, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
A plant that was frozen in Siberian permafrost for about 30,000 years has been revived by a team of Russian scientists - and borne fruit, to boot. Using tissue from immature fruits buried in fossil squirrel burrows some 90 feet below the surface, researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Pushchino managed to coax the frozen remains of a Silene stenophylla specimen into full flower, producing delicate white blooms and then fruit. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describe what is a record for reviving presumably dead plant tissue - and may provide clues as to what makes some plants hardier and longer-lived than others.
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May 7, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Would Ice Age man understand us? It may depend on the words we choose. Digging through languages in Eurasia for "fossil" words that have escaped erosion over time, researchers say they have identified an ancestral language that existed as far as 15,000 years ago. This ancient language, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may have given rise to several different language groups - including Indo-European, which boasts roughly...
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December 16, 2012 | By Ed Stockly, The Voice: DreamWorks Dragons:
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Voice:   Finalists Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott and Nicholas David perform in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). Gossip Girl: After six seasons, Serena (Blake Lively) and her high-living Upper East Side friends and relatives bid farewell with the two-hour series finale (8 p.m. KTLA). Nick News With Linda Ellerbee:   This newest installment of the kids' news show looks at "Top 10 Annoying Things Siblings Do" (8 p.m. Nickelodeon)
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December 6, 2012 | By Michael Ordoña
Among the year's major animated releases (and award contenders) are sequels in billion-dollar franchises, an expansion of a beloved Dr. Seuss book and an irreverent claymation pirate adventure. There are prehistoric animals battling other pirates who sail ships of icebergs; New Yorker animals joining the circus to escape an indestructible, Edith Piaf-belting Frances McDormand; and a moonstruck loser named Charles Darwin. 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' The stop-motion pioneers at England's Aardman Animations made their first foray into high-tech, with 3-D and extensive computer-generated imagery, for "The Pirates!
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