Dinosaurs not wiped out by asteroid but ‘lack of sex lakes’

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Dinosaurs were not wiped out by an asteroid but by a lack of sex lakes – that’s the claim of a biology expert. Professor Brian J. Ford said the giant creatures needed buoyancy to mate, since love-making on land for a creature of their heft would have been “impossible”. He adds: “As the continents drifted, the shallow lakes shrank, and the dinosaurs' ecosystem disappeared.”

Missing piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years

A missing piece of Stonehenge has been returned 60 years after it disappeared. The metre-long core was removed during archaeological excavations in 1958. For six decades, former archaeologist Robert Phillips kept the piece of the ancient wonder, first in a plastic tube at his office in Basingstoke and later on the wall at his home in Florida.

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Mother shocked when toddler’s first word is ‘Alexa'

A mother was shocked when her baby’s first word was “Alexa”. Eleven-month-old Annabelle Gates repeated her debut word – the famous name of a virtual assistant – as she was getting baptised. Her mum, Catherine, said: “It’s definitely not what we expected her first word to be – she’s such a modern baby.”

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