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Time Capsule

Snapshots of the world from one year in the past
Lhuyd's book mainly contained fossils from the Coal Measures, the strata in which much of Earth’s early vegetation is preserved
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FIRST DESCRIPTION OF A DINOSAUR TOOTH

Dinosaur fossils have been studied for hundreds of years, but scientists didn’t know what they were – everything from giant elephants to dragons were suggested instead. In 1699, Edward Lhuyd published a catalogue of fossils that included the tooth of a sauropod – think Diplodocus – called Rutellum impicatum, found in Caswell, Oxfordshire. It was the first example of a named entity now recognisable as a dinosaur.

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In this month's issue… Everything you ever wanted to know about castles The complete story of the greatest emblem of the medieval age: how they evolved from simple forts into impregnable bastions, how they were built without modern machinery and how you could break into one. Plus: the Women's Liberation Movement; the peasant who became Japan's second great unifier; top 10 ancient board games; the football match that sparked a war; and a graphic guide to London Zoo's most famous residents.