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September 18, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The San Diego Zoo has about 4,000 animals — all carefully catalogued. For at least a few more days, it will have one more that officials didn't even know existed until Thursday, when an excavating machine digging a hole for a storm-water runoff tank made a distinctive scraping sound. Gino Calvano, a paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, acting as a fossil monitor on the project, heard the sound and came running. He looked at the machine operator.
April 9, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
The middle-aged woman and the young boy, perhaps her son or simply another member of her tribe, were out hunting on the African plains or maybe looking for water in the midst of a drought when they fell into a sinkhole, dying almost instantly. Shortly thereafter, a monsoon or a flood washed them into a deeper basin, where they were covered with mud and rapidly fossilized. In 2008, nearly 2 million years later, another boy, 9-year-old Matthew Berger, discovered part of their skeletons outside the Malapa cave north of Johannesburg, South Africa, a find that experts have dubbed one of the most important of recent times.
February 28, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Four years ago, the U.S. bobsled and skeleton team staggered out of Turin, Italy, with one medal and a lot of bad publicity, the heady success of Salt Lake City a wisp of a memory. It's a different story this time. Noelle Pikus-Pace was a tenth of a second off the podium in women's skeleton and Erin Pac surprised the field in women's bobsled, winning a bronze medal on a track that had Canada and Germany written all over it. And in the greatest triumph, reigning world champion Steve Holcomb took gold in four-man bobsled Saturday, ending a 62-year drought for the U.S. men. Companies such as Under Armour have become partners, and the nonprofit Bo-Dyn Sled Project that began building world-class bobsleds 18 years ago in a small shop in Connecticut is moving to a Goodyear facility near Charlotte, N.C. -- the heart of NASCAR country and home to some of the best racing designers.
February 20, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Amy Williams tamed the Whistler track over two nights to win the women's skeleton competition and become the first Winter Olympian in 30 years to earn a gold medal for Britain. However, Williams, who survived a protest Thursday by the U.S. team over the shape of her helmet, faces a second challenge from the Canadians, who also claim that the grooves -- spoilers -- do not conform to international-federation standards. The International Federation of Bobsleigh and Skeleton (FIBT)
February 18, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Zach Lund has grown. His hair has not. The two are related. This should be Lund's second Olympics as a member of the U.S. skeleton team. Instead, he's a rookie with a lot to prove. Four years ago, when he was at the top of his game -- ranked No. 1 in the world -- he was banned from the Turin Games for using finasteride, a drug that fights baldness but also was thought to be a steroid-masking agent. Its use was legal until 2005, then banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and Lund insisted he never knew about the switch.
February 11, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
What would an Olympics be without a controversy in the sliding sports? For such relatively tiny sports that joined the Winter Games fairly recently, luge, a 1964 arrival, and skeleton, a 2002 addition, always manage to create a good headline or two. For some reason, bobsled -- in all three of its configurations -- has managed to keep a low profile in recent years, the exception being the messy and public breakup of the U.S. women's bobsled...
February 10, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
She wears her father's World Series ring around her neck and his initials on her custom-made sneakers. Even as he was dying of cancer 18 months ago, Ted Uhlaender was coaching his daughter, Katie, on life and on giving the sport of skeleton her all. The former major league outfielder who played for three teams, "had a Gran Torino way of looking at things, where actions mean more than words," said Katie, 25, referring to the Clint Eastwood movie....
December 28, 2009 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
One of the skulls was marked by a large circular hole in the forehead, which authorities suspect was a bullet wound. The other, found roughly 25 to 50 yards away in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest, showed signs of severe trauma. On Monday, a forensic anthropologist and other investigators examined the skulls and other human bones found in the area last week. The bones are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that authorities hope will lead them to the identities of the victims and eventually to who or what killed them.
November 25, 2009 | By times wire reports
The tiny King Kong figurine that helped launch the career of one of cinema's biggest monsters sold for about $200,000 at a London auction Tuesday. Auctioneer Christie's said the 22-inch skeleton was the one used in the climactic scene of the 1933 movie in which the giant ape climbs New York's Empire State Building. Other such figurines were used elsewhere in the movie, which wowed contemporary audiences with its groundbreaking special effects. The figurine's metal skeleton was once covered in cotton, rubber, liquid latex and rabbit's fur. But the monster's fleshy covering has since rotted away.
November 14, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe
A 13-year-old mystery involving the disappearance of four German tourists in the sweltering desert of Death Valley may have ended Friday, when authorities announced that bones that may be their skeletal remains had been found. In a statement, Inyo County Undersheriff Jim Jones said that personal identification belonging to one of the tourists was found near the skeletal remains, which were discovered by two hikers Thursday in a remote area of Death Valley National Park. The four tourists -- Cornelia Meyer, 28; her 4-year-old son, Max; Egbert Rimkus, 33; and his son, Georg Weber, 10 vanished in July 1996, when temperatures at the park reached 115 degrees.
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