August 17, 2008 |
Dry Storeroom No. 1 The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum Richard Fortey Alfred A. Knopf: 336 pp., $27.50 A book called "Dry Storeroom No. 1" may not often get riffled through at your local Borders. This is too bad. Its author, trilobite specialist Richard Fortey, is as engaging and funny as his title is musty and his zoological specialty extinct. The natural history museum whose secret life he exposes is the one in London. Fortey, a prodigious writer ("Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth" is among his books)
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August 15, 2008 |
Much of a skeleton found buried in a San Marino backyard in 1994 was disposed of by the L.A. County coroner's office a decade ago. But detectives believe the parts that remain will provide an identification if they can find a DNA or dental match. Craig Harvey, the coroner's chief of operations, said all remains except for a part of the skull were disposed of in 1995, as was common practice at the time. He said a portion of the skull was kept as a specimen for technical research.
May 24, 2008 |
In TODAY'S media-saturated culture, wars are often presented in short capsules on the nightly news, offering reaction over analysis, and little in the way of context. Literature, fiction in particular, may be better suited to giving a more nuanced view, one in which the costs and consequences of war can be reckoned, the horrors and heroics intertwined into a coherent whole.
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February 27, 2008 |
State Senate leaders chastised UC Berkeley administrators Tuesday for trampling on the civil rights of Native Americans by not returning the remains of thousands of their ancestors held in storage at a campus museum. Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the incoming Senate leader, accused the university of discriminating against Native Americans by keeping the bones and artifacts at the Phoebe A.
February 24, 2008 |
This country can't rest its bones. Skeletons are buried in meadows, beneath parking lots and just beyond the rumble of trucks and cars near a major highway. More than 570 hidden grave sites from World War II have been unearthed by a university professor intent on a fair accounting of the past in this former Yugoslav republic now riding high as the current holder of the European Union presidency. A slaughter was conducted in Slovenia in the war's last days and aftermath by the troops of Josip Broz Tito, the partisan leader and Communist who would rule for decades across the region.
February 19, 2008 |
If you liked "Jurassic Park," an auction to be held at Christie's International, Paris, is for you. The star of the April 16 sale is the skeleton of a Triceratops, the first specimen of this quality to appear at public sale since Tyrannosaurus Rex "Sue" sold for a record $8.4 million in 1997. Other offerings: the shin bone of a Brachiosaurus, the cranium of a saber-toothed tiger and the egg of a giant Aepyornis. This is the second sale that Christie's France has dedicated to natural history.
October 16, 2007 |
The skeleton of what is believed to be a new dinosaur species, a 105-foot plant-eater that is among the largest dinosaurs ever found, has been uncovered in Argentina, scientists said. Scientists from Argentina and Brazil said the Patagonian dinosaur appears to represent a previously unknown species of titanosaur because of the unique structure of its neck.
September 5, 2007 |
Skulking in the dead of night in the remote and overgrown Las Pavas section of the Southern Municipal Cemetery, robbers armed with crowbars and sledgehammers first shattered the tomb's concrete vault and the granite marker that read, "To our dear wife and mother in heaven, Maria de la Cruz Aguero." Then they lifted the coffin lid and stole leg bones and the skull of the woman, who had died Sept. 9, 1993.
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July 11, 2007 |
Kerwin Mathews, who earned a niche in film history as the handsome hero who battled a Cyclops, a dragon and a sword-wielding skeleton in the 1958 fantasy classic "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," has died. He was 81. Mathews, who was best known for his fantasy and horror films, died in his sleep at his San Francisco home Wednesday night or Thursday morning, said Tom Nicoll, his partner of 46 years.
February 10, 2007 |
They died young and apparently in love. Two 5,000-year-old skeletons found locked in an embrace near the city where Shakespeare set "Romeo and Juliet" have sparked theories that the remains are from a far older love story. Archeologists unearthed the Neolithic Age skeletons outside Mantua, 25 miles south of Verona, the city of Shakespeare's tragedy.