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Session 105

Where did the mighty T.rex come from? Scientists think this mighty tyrant might have more humble origins. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

From humble beginnings...

Scientists believe they have discovered a clue to the evolution of one of the most iconic dinosaurs of all time.

Language challenge

Which of the following is a synonym of 'frightening'?

a) fearful
b) fearsome
c) fearless

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The story

A new dinosaur – a diminutive ancestor of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex – has been identified by a palaeontologist who first discovered the bones as a teenager in New Mexico more than 20 years ago. The creature dates back 92 million years, about 20 million years earlier than T.rex, and would have been less than a metre tall. Scientists are not certain how the small tyrannosaurus-type dinosaurs evolved into some of the largest and most fearsome creatures ever to walk the Earth.

Key words and phrases

appearing large and impressive

  • Professional body builders are imposing figures
  • The bank was an imposing building. It seemed to dare thieves to try robbing it.

trod lightly
spoke or acted carefully to avoid making a mistake

  • He trod lightly as he arrived. He didn't want his wife to know he'd come home late.
  • The boss is in a terrible mood today, so tread lightly! No bad news!

stepping stone
action or event that helps (someone) advance towards something

  • Study hard, class. Each level of education is a stepping stone to your final career.
  • Each failed design was a stepping stone in the invention of the light bulb.  

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

b) fearsome


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