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Richard Firestone

Our guest is Richard Firestone, an American scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who has recently been involved in a fascinating research into an unusual meteor.

He's talking about a unique discovery - ancient animal bodies severely damaged by particles from a burst meteor. But why are scientists so excited by this find? Find out here! (Interview by our Science Reporter Neil Bowdler.)


Vocabulary from the programme

a piece of rock or other matter from space

the force of one object hitting another

an explosion or a burst
a blast; sudden expanding after a release of energy

small pieces of matter that cover an area in a blast, usually causing damage or death

a mammoth
a large hairy elephant type animal which no longer exists

pointed teeth which stick out from some animals' mouths

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