THE Daily Mirror tells us that 170 million year old tracks believed to be made by the older cousins of the T. Rex – theropods that stood up to six feet tall – and sauropods, similar sized long-necked cousins of the brontosaurus, have been found in a muddy lagoon off the northeast coast of the Isle of Skye.

The largest print, left by a sauropod, is more than 27in across, while the biggest theropod track is around 20in across.

Dr Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh, commented: “The more we look on the Isle of Skye, the more dinosaur footprints we find. This new site records two different types of dinosaurs – long-necked cousins of brontosaurus and sharp-toothed cousins of T. Rex – hanging around a shallow lagoon.”

He added that the animals lived on Skye “back when Scotland was much warmer and dinosaurs were beginning their march to global dominance”.


Seventy-five-year-old widow Maureen Dubberley, from Halesowen in the West Midlands, has been reunited with a love letter she sent to her husband before they were married and he was a soldier stationed overseas 57 years ago.

The Daily Express reports that the then 19-year-old Maureen Staten sent the letter to her future husband Colin when he was on National Service in the Caribbean. After reading the letter he put it into the pocket of his army-issue trousers.

But after he finished his military service, his uniform, including the trousers, were put into storage before being sold to an army surplus store.

However the letter was discovered by a man who buys old army equipment and uniforms and he contacted Maureen on Facebook.

She commented: “It's a lovely surprise to be reunited with it.”


 According to The Guardian, a golden silk shirt woven more than 1,000 years ago, which was worn by the nomadic Sogdian people from what is now Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, is coming up for auction valued at up to £500,000.

It features a pattern of ducks wearing fluttering scarves – a sign, with the jewelled necklaces they carry in their beaks, that they belonged to the royal household.

“There are hardly any of these garments outside museums, and the condition of this one is extraordinary – they were known and coveted as cloth of gold and although it is entirely woven of silk, after 1,000 years it still really does look as if it was made of real gold,” said Alexandra Roy, the deputy director of the Middle East department at Sotheby’s.

The shirt, which was previously owned by a French collector, will be auctioned in the Arts of the Islamic world sale at Sotheby’s in London on April 25.


 A rare first edition of Beatrix Potter's The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, in which she wrote 'please buy it, somebody', has fetched £19,200 at an auction, reports the Daily Express.

It was one of just 500 copies of her debut children's book that Potter had printed herself, giving many away to friends and family before the story became a hit in 1902.

However Potter kept hold of one, donating it to be auctioned in aid of the women’s suffrage movement in 1918.

It had been held by the family of the winning bidder ever since, until it was bought by a private British collector in last month’s sale.

David Convery, of Great Western Auctions of Glasgow, said: “The book alone is a rarity, but it’s the inscription that gives it its value.”


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