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Science News Archive - September 08, 2004

FOR decades it gathered dust in a storeroom, just another rather unremarkable fossil. But on closer examination, it emerged that the creature captured in the rock was more important than scientists could possibly have imagined.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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