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137,587. The most prized fossil in the entire museum: ‘This is Archaeopteryx. It’s probably the most important fossil of a dinosaur that there is anywhere in the world …’ At 147 million years old this bird-like dinosaur is so highly valued because it was the first fossil to reveal that every species of bird alive today evolved from dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx was discovered in Germany in 1861 and has been at the museum for over 150 years. (Museum & Dinosaur & Fossil) Natural History Museum: World of Wonder s1e1, Channel 5 2021
2,942. We have even found fossils at the top of Mount Everest. (Universe & Fossils) Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of the Universe: Stardust 2/4 BBC 2011
53,322. The Natural History Museum London: within these hallowed halls lies the fossil that first hinted of the origin of birds. Discovered in Germany a hundred years ago superstitious quarry workers thought it was a fallen angel. Archaeopteryx turned out to be something almost as remarkable. (Dinosaur & Fossil & Bird) Horizon: Dinosaurs in Your Garden 1998
3,939. Fossil magnetism also helped solved the problem of continental drift. (Earth & Magnetism & Fossil) Horizon: Message in the Rocks 1979
5,951. Between six and eight million years ago ... In place of the tree-dwellers were new fossils, fossils of a completely different types of animals. Animals that lived on open plains. (Evolution & Fossils) Horizon: The Ape that Took Over the World 2001
53,316. When this small and broken fossil first appeared it was hailed as one of the most important finds of the decade. Scientists said it was the missing link that supported one of the most controversial theories of modern palaeontology. Yet when they examined it they found buried within it something they had never expected. This is the story of a mysterious fossil that fooled some of the best scientific brains in the world. (Dinosaur & Fossil) Horizon: The Dinosaur that Fooled the World 2002
53,310. Patagonia, Argentina: this is dinosaur country. A land where the rocks are rich with fossils ... New finds here in South America are revolutionising our picture of the pre-historic world. It now seems that in the time of the dinosaurs Patagonia may have been the scene of the bloodiest battle in the history of life. (Dinosaur & Fossil) Horizon: Extreme Dinosaurs: The Science of Giants, 2000
53,311. This place was once home to the most extreme dinosaurs the world has ever seen. (Dinosaur & Fossil) ibid.
53,312. The first giant carnivore ever discovered in South America: they called it the Giganotosaurus. (Dinosaur & Fossil) ibid.
53,313. Giganotosaurus had a skull the length of a man .... Giganotosaurus lived in the Cretaceous, the time of the Giant Long Neck. (Dinosaur & Fossil) ibid.
53,314. The fossilised remains of hundreds of plant-eating dinosaurs all of the same species who died together carpet an area the size of a football pitch. (Dinosaur & Fossil) ibid.
53,315. Twelve large meat-eating dinosaurs buried in the same place ... It looked like a pack. (Dinosaur & Fossil) ibid.
5,901. For two years a team of top scientists have been secretly studying a unique fossil. They believe it could be one of our earliest primate ancestors. (Evolution & Humanity & Ancestor & Fossil) David Attenborough, Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor
5,902. The search has concentrated in East Africa. Known as the Cradle of Mankind. Here in the 1970s they found the link between apes and man. It offered conclusive proof that we started walking upright 3.2 million years ago. A human ancestor, a female, Lucy. Then in 1984 the remains of a body was found. (Evolution & Humanity & Africa & Fossil) ibid.
5,903. The fossil was found here in a place known as the Messel Pit [Germany]. There is nowhere in the world like it. (Evolution & Humanity & Fossil) ibid.
5,906. A hundred and fifty years ago Charles Darwin explained the incredible diversity of life in a new way ... New species appeared as they adapted to a new environment. At the time Darwin’s proposal was controversial. He argued that monkeys, apes and ourselves have a common ancestor - that ancestor we know must have lived hundreds of millions of years ago. (Evolution & Humanity & Primate & Fossil) ibid.
5,907. Darwin’s idea was revolutionary and he was ridiculed by many in Victorian society. (Evolution & Humanity & Fossil) ibid.
5,908. Lucy was the half-ape half-man species that Darwin predicted. But where was the link millions of years earlier between us and the rest of the animal kingdom? (Evolution & Humanity & Fossil) ibid.
5,909. There is a bone in Ida’s foot that links her with every person on the planet. It could be the evidence that the first small adaptations towards walking upright happened forty-seven million years ago. (Evolution & Humanity & Fossil) ibid.
53,427. This is the Jurassic Coast: its rocks are full of fossils of prehistoric creatures. (Dinosaurs & Animals & Birds & Fossils) David Attenborough: Flying Monsters, Sky 2011
53,428. Her name was Mary Anning ... She had an almost unbelievable talent for unearthing fossils .. the Princess of Palaeontology. (Dinosaurs & Animals & Birds & Fossils) ibid.
53,430. This fossil is 140 million years old: it has the enlarged head of an advanced pterosaur but its tail is different – it has become much shorter. And this short-tailed species wasn’t alone. It was clearly a very successful modification. (Dinosaurs & Animals & Birds & Fossil) ibid.
51,875. China is the new frontier for fossil discoveries. (Animals & Fossils & China) David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, BBC 2013
51,876. More than a hundred and fifty different species of dinosaur have been found in the rocks of China alone, and over a thousand worldwide. (Animals & Fossils & Dinosaurs & China) ibid.
52,049. Some ancient rocks contain fossils that are well over three thousand million years old. (Animals & Fossils) David Attenborough: Life on Earth (revised series)
5,924. The Burgess Shales where a rich seem of fossils documents the Cambrian explosion in astonishing detail. (Evolution & Life & Animals & Fossils) David Attenborough’s First Life 2/2
115,111. The remains of a dragon have just been discovered in the cliffs of Dorset … It was an enormous marine reptile that ruled the seas … an ichthyosaur. David Attenborough, Attenborough & the Sea Dragon, BBC 2018
115,112. Mary [Annings] had an extraordinary talent for finding fossils, and in 1811 she discovered this gigantic creature … this caused a sensation. ibid.
115,113. A 200-million-year-old reptile. ibid.
6,060. A scientific pioneer ... Global recognition for her work ... Travelling to almost the ends of the Earth for fossil evidence ... Professor Clack has remained at the forefront of tetrapod research. (Evolution & Fossil) Beautiful Minds, Professor Jenny Clack
53,160. The Creationists fondness for gaps in the fossil record is a metaphor for their love of gaps in knowledge generally. (Creationism & Fossils) Professor Richard Dawkins, Creationism: God’s Gift to the Ignorant, Times online article 21st May 2005
73,531. All the fossils that we have ever found have always been found in the appropriate place in the time sequence. There are no fossils in the wrong place. Richard Dawkins
53,170. Creationists are deeply enamoured of the fossil record, because they have been taught (by each other) to repeat, over and over, the mantra that it is full of ‘gaps’. ‘Show me your “intermediates”!’ They fondly (very fondly) imagine that these ‘gaps’ are an embarrassment to evolutionists. Actually, we are lucky to have any fossils at all, let alone the massive numbers that we now do have to document evolutionary history – large numbers of which, by any standards, constitution beautiful ‘intermediates’ ... It is a bonus that we do actually have the rich seams of fossils to mine, and more are discovered every day. The fossil evidence for evolution in many major animal groups is wonderfully strong. Nevertheless there are, of course, gaps, and creationists love them observingly. (Creationism & Fossils) Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth p145
6,068. Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colours. (Evolution & Fossil) ibid. p147
95,828. We know have a rich supply of intermediate fossils linking modern humans to the common ancestor that we share with chimpanzees. (Evolution & Fossils & Ancestor & Chimpanzee) ibid. p150
95,833. So we have fine fossil documentation of gradual change, all the way from Lucy, the ‘upright-walking-chimp’ of three million years ago, to ourselves today. (Evolution & Fossil) ibid. p198
107,313. Evolution could so easily be disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. (Evolution & Fossil) Richard Dawkins, lecture New York Academy of Sciences October 2009, CSpan2 TV, Youtube 1.24.35
6,074. The fossil record implies trial and error, the inability to anticipate the future, features inconsistent with a Great Designer (though not a Designer of a more remote and indirect temperament.) (Evolution & Fossil) Carl Sagan, Cosmos
10,443. By studying fossils he exploded the myth of the Biblical creation. (Art & Fossil & Creationism) Alan Yentob, Leonardo: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything, BBC 2011
53,354. China: in recent years spectacular fossils have been unearthed here. (Dinosaurs & China & Fossil) Planet Dinosaur: Feathered Dragons 2/6 BBC 2011