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FASCINATING DEATHS
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Tues  11, 18 April 2006  11.02am - 11.30am

In Fascinating Deaths Jessica Holm studies the skeletons of two extinct creatures to find out how they lived and what their deaths can tell us about the world they lived in.

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Jessica Holm in search of clues to the mysterious demise of the West Runton Elephant and the Taung Child.

Programme 1: The West Runton Elephant

Jessica visits West Runton in Norfolk to investigate the puzzling death of a huge mammoth that roamed the landscape about 700,000 years ago. It's preserved bones are enormous and standing at four and a half metres tall and weighing ten tons, the mammothe was twice the size of modern elephants - so who or what might have killed it? 

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Programme 2:  The Taung Child

Jessica turns detective to solve a 2 million year old murder mystery. She takes a close look at the skull of the "Taung Child", a 3 year old infant of an ape-like species seen as a missing link between apes and humans. It's taken scientists over 80 years to work out how this animal died - and the culprit came as quite a shock.

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