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Bristol dinosaur’s brain rebuilt using digital technology

Bristol dinosaur’s brain rebuilt using digital technology

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Digital technology has been used to rebuild the brain of Thecodontosaurus, giving new insights into one of the earliest dinosaurs to roam the planet.Better known as the Bristol dinosaur after its fossils were found in the city in the 1830s, it was only the fourth dinosaur to be named. Research now suggests it may have eaten meat and moved fast on two legs - after palaeontologists used 3D modelling and advanced imaging of fossils to reconstruct its brain.They concluded the small dinosaur was possibly carnivorous, unlike its giant long-necked later relatives Diplodocus and Brontosaurus, which only fed on plants.Antonio Ballell, lead author of the University of Bristol study, said: "Our analysis of Thecodontosaurus' brain uncovered many fascinating features, some of which were quite surprisin...
European Challenge Cup final: Bristol Bears 32-19 Toulon

European Challenge Cup final: Bristol Bears 32-19 Toulon

Sports
Bristol (10) 32Tries: Randall, Malins Cons: Sheedy 2 Pens: Sheedy 6Toulon (16) 19Try: Heem Con: Carbonel Pens: Carbonel 4Bristol Bears won their first European trophy as they beat French side Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in France.Harry Randall's try after 15 seconds set the West Country club on their way to their first major honour since 1983.Powerful Toulon hit back to lead 16-10 at the break but a resolute second-half effort from Pat Lam's men won the game.Max Malins' well-worked try and Callum Sheedy's boot saw the Bears eventually earn a comfortable win in front of 1,000 spectators in Aix-en-Provence.The Bears' famous win came six days after their 47-24 loss to Wasps in the Premiership semi-final, although their season may yet be extended as it was confirmed on Friday that Bristo...
FA Cup third round replay results: Tottenham survive late scare, Newcastle safely through, Coventry thrash League One rivals Bristol Rovers

FA Cup third round replay results: Tottenham survive late scare, Newcastle safely through, Coventry thrash League One rivals Bristol Rovers

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Tottenham and Newcastle secured their places in the fourth round of the FA Cup with wins against Middlesbrough and Rochdale respectively. Both the Premier League sides scored early goals to make their nights more comfortable after needing replays at home to progress. Getty Images - Getty Erik Lamela scored Tottenham’s second against Middlesbrough Giovani Lo Celso put Spurs 1-0 up against Middlesbrough in the third minute at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tomas Mejias tried to play a quick ball from defence but it went straight to Lo Celso, who found the bottom corner with a clinical strike. Spurs doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Erik Lamela carved through Boro’s defence and stroked the bell home with the outside of his foot. Tottenham did not a...
Leeds United transfer news: Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda reportedly a target for Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United transfer news: Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda reportedly a target for Marcelo Bielsa

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transfer report The 23-year-old is seen as an alternate option to first choice target Dan James Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Bristol City winger Callum O’Dowda, according to reports. O’Dowda, the Republic of Ireland international, has scored two goals for the Robins this season, creating a further four as Lee Johnson’s side fight to finish in the play-off places. Despite starting less than half of City’s league matches this term, O’Dowda is considered an important member of Johnson’s squad and has a contract at Ashton Gate running until summer 2020. Johnson hopes O’Dowda signs a new contract with Bristol City Johnson has previously admitted he wants to tie O’Dowda down to a ...
FA Cup round-up: Gillingham shock Cardiff and Bristol City surprise Huddersfield

FA Cup round-up: Gillingham shock Cardiff and Bristol City surprise Huddersfield

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Media playback is not supported on this device League One side Gillingham produced the biggest shock in Saturday's FA Cup third round as they beat Premier League Cardiff City, while Championship Bristol City knocked out the top flight's bottom club Huddersfield Town.Holders Chelsea, record 13-time winners Arsenal and Manchester United were among the sides to make it through to Monday's fourth-round draw.Two Championship teams suffered defeats at the hands of opponents from lower divisions, with Norwich beaten 1-0 at home by Andre Green's late goal for Portsmouth and Accrington overcoming...