News Report

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Episode 151005 / 05 Oct 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) A species of mammal has been found which helps explain how dinosaurs died out.

b) A species of animal has been found which explains evolution.

c) A species of mammal has been found which helps explain how mammals changed fast after dinosaurs died out.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are definitions of three key vocabulary items which may help you.

sheds light on
helps explain (something that was difficult to understand before)

mammals
animals which give birth to live babies, not eggs, which feed on milk from their mothers' bodies

extinction
an event during which all animals of one species die

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Scientists say they've found a new species that sheds light on the rapid evolution of mammals after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The creature, named Kimbetopsalis after an area of New Mexico, lived about 65 million years ago, and looked similar to a beaver.

Answer

c) A species of mammal has been found which helps explain how mammals changed fast after dinosaurs died out.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

 

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