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So much to do but so little time…..in a way it’s a blessing ;)
I’ve come to the conclusion that with all the things I want to do with my time this blog has a low priority. Deleting would be a shame at this moment so that’s something I will not do for now. Just no more updates. It was fun but to keep it up I need 48 hours in a day.
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History and Archaeology news – 26th Dynasty ushabti figure coming home from Brussels.

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archive photo of a green faience ushabti.

archive photo of a green faience ushabti.

(ahramonline)

Next week Egypt is to recover a 26th Dynasty ushabti torso that was reported missing from the Egyptian Museum on 28 January 2011, in the throes of the January 25 Revolution.
Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said that the artifact was broken into two pieces. The lower part remained in the museum while the torso was stolen and smuggled out of the country and sold to a Belgian citizen.

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#ThisDayInHistory: November 22, 1995 – Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.

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Buzz Lightyear.

Buzz Lightyear.

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by John Lasseter, released by Walt Disney Pictures, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first film produced by Pixar. Toy Story follows a group of anthropomorphic toys who pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present, and focuses on the relationship between Woody, a pullstring cowboy doll (Tom Hanks), and Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure (Tim Allen). The film was written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, and Joss Whedon, and featured music by Randy Newman. Its executive producers were Steve Jobs and Edwin Catmull.

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History and Archaeology news – Colossal New Predatory Dino Terrorized Early Tyrannosaurs.

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Siats Meekerorum. Artist: Jorge Gonzales.

Siats Meekerorum. Artist: Jorge Gonzales.

(NC State News)

A new species of carnivorous dinosaur – one of the three largest ever discovered in North America – lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago. This newly discovered species,Siats meekerorum, (pronounced see-atch) was the apex predator of its time, and kept tyrannosaurs from assuming top predator roles for millions of years.
Named after a cannibalistic man-eating monster from Ute tribal legend, Siatsis a species of carcharodontosaur, a group of giant meat-eaters that includes some of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever discovered. The only other carcharodontosaur known from North America is Acrocanthosaurus, which roamed eastern North America more than 10 million years earlier. Siats is only the second carcharodontosaur ever discovered in North America;Acrocanthosaurus, discovered in 1950, was the first.

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History and Archaeology news – Barquq’s Holy Quran restored to former glory.

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Barquq's Holy Quran.

Barquq.

(ahramonline)

A distinguished Holy Quran transcribed during the reign of Burji Mameluk Sultan Al-Malik Al-Zahir Seif El-Din Barquq is restored, containing important new information for Quranic scholars.

Following three years of fine restoration work, the Holy Quran transcribed during the reign of the first Burji Mameluk Sultan Malik Al-Zahir Seif El-Din Barquq regains its original splendour.
The 412 page-Holy Quran is very large, with each page 105 centimetres tall and 79 centimetres wide. It is decorated with golden leaf and lapis lazuli decorations and contains all the signs and symbols used in Quranic recitation.

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#ThisDayInHistory: November 19, 1917 – Birth date of Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi.

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Indira Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi.

Indira Gandhi was born on November 19, 1917, in Allahabad, India. Gandhi was born into the politically prominent Nehru family; her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, served as India’s first prime minister. Gandhi served three consecutive terms as prime minister, between 1966 and 1977, and another term beginning in 1980. In 1984, Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.

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History and Archaeology news – Five heads of ancient royal statues discovered in Armant Temple, near Egypt’s Luxor.

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The temple at Erments [Armant].

The temple at Erments [Armant].

(ahramonline)

New discoveries emerge from the sands near Luxor — ancient statue heads that could date to the Middle Kingdom.
The French Egyptian Mission working in Armant Temple, located 25 kilometres south of the Upper Egypt town of Luxor, has unearthed five heads of royal statues during routine excavation and restoration works at the temple.

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History and Archaeology news – Apatosaurus Snout Bone, Missing Piece Of Long-Neck Dinosaur, Finally Discovered.

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Morrison Natural History Musuem director Matthew Mossbrucker with "Kevin," a new Apatosaurus specimen found near Denver, Colo. | Stephanie Pappas/LiveScience.

Morrison Natural History Musuem director Matthew Mossbrucker with “Kevin,” a new Apatosaurus specimen found near Denver, Colo. | Stephanie Pappas/LiveScience.

(Huffington Post Science) 

DENVER — A small roadside quarry west of Denver, site of some of the infamous “Bone Wars” of the 19th century, has revealed a new treasure: the snout of the long-necked dinosaur Apatosaurus ajax.
The specimen, nicknamed Kevin, is the first Apatosaurus ajax muzzle ever found, and the discovery is likely to help paleontologists understand how A. ajax is related to other Apatosaurus kin, said Matthew Mossbrucker, the director of the Morrison Natural History Museum in Morrison, Colo., and the paleontologist who first identified the bones.

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History and Archaeology news – Proto-Bird Archaeopteryx Lost Its Ability To Fly, Biologist Argues.

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The anatomy of the bird-dinosaur Archaeopteryx is reminiscent of that of modern flightless birds that descended from flying ones. | Dorling Kindersley via Getty Images.

The anatomy of the bird-dinosaur Archaeopteryx is reminiscent of that of modern flightless birds that descended from flying ones. | Dorling Kindersley via Getty Images.

(Huffington Post Science)

Although it has long been debated whether the proto-bird Archaeopteryx was able to actually fly or merely evolving toward that ability, to date nobody had yet seriously suggested that it could have been instead in the midst of losing its ability to fly. But that is precisely what Michael Habib, a biologist at the University of Southern California proposed last week to a packed hall at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Los Angeles.
With the skeleton of a dinosaur and the feathers of a bird, Archaeopteryx has long been hailed as marking the transition from dinosaurs to birds.

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