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2009-03-06 07:10:00

Humans domesticated horses as early as 5,500 years ago, according to new findings from a team of archaeologists on Friday. The new estimate is about 1,000 years earlier than researchers has previously considered, and about 2,000 years earlier than domestic horses are known to have been in Europe. Researchers from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pa., and the universities of Exeter and Bristol in the U.K., found signs of man's earliest attempts to domesticate horses occurred...

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2008-03-04 00:00:00

A scientist from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has discovered remains of the earliest-known primate to live in North America. The discovery also provides an explanation of how these long-extinct primates were able to reach the continent.The primate, called Teilhardina magnoliana and part of the mammalian group that includes monkeys and apes, survived on berries and insects, and measured just three inches long weighing less than one ounce. After unearthing the primate, paleontologist...

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2005-07-06 14:47:03

PITTSBURGH -- The seven mummies on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are nowhere near as famous as King Tut, but they are just as intriguing. Take the 2,000-year-old body of a teenager, found in the Netherlands. Who was she? Who killed her and why? She certainly was killed; the remains of the cord used to strangle her are still visible around her neck, a century after she was found in a peat bog. Was the killing of "Yde Girl" a punishment, or ritual? The exhibit, "The...

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2005-03-24 06:46:39

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- What could be better than seeing the first tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered? Watching it being taken apart. Visitors to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which has one of the oldest and largest dinosaur collections in the nation, will be able to watch as the museum's collection of fossilized dinosaur skeletons are taken apart before a renovation of the museum's almost century-old Dinosaur Hall. "People can come in and watch the disarticulation process and watch as...

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2005-01-10 15:06:11

NASA -- As NASA charts a bold new course into the future, the space agency is briefly taking a step back in time to examine a Tyrannosaurus rex skull. NASA scientists are using equipment at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to scan the skull of a T. rex. The state-of-the-art equipment was originally designed to examine rocket motor assemblies and turbine blades. The skull, discovered on a South Dakota ranch in 1992, is believed to be the most complete and well-preserved T....


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Tyrannosaurus
2012-03-21 21:47:44

Tyrannosaurus, meaning “tyrant lizard,” was a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period (68 to 65 million years ago). It was among the last non-avian dinosaurs to exist prior to the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. Perhaps the most famous Tyrannosaurus species, T. rex, was named in 1905 by Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Teeth belonging to Tyrannosaurus were first discovered in 1874 by A. Lakes near Golden...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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