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Reading graduate awarded unsung hero prize

An award honoring a University of Reading scientist who discovered a fossil twice as old as the earliest dinosaurs has been been presented to its first recipient.

Tina Negus discovered the fern-shaped fossil, believed to be 560 million years old, while still a teenager in 1956.

She presented her rubbing of what is thought to be the earliest evidence of life to her school teacher, who dismissed it as impossible.

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The award will be handed to a University of Reading scientist graduate

Ms Negus' contribution to the discovery was only recognised in 2004, after which she allowed the School of Biological Sciences to create a prize in her name.

The first award has been handed to University of Reading graduate Jake Brendish, 22, for his research on paravians - a group that links dinosaurs and modern birds.

On receiving the prize, Jake said: “It's great to know that someone who went unrecognised for such a major discovery is finally getting some measure of acknowledgement for their work."

Student night cancelled for missing teenager

Daniel Williams

A student night where missing student Daniel Williams was last seen has been cancelled this evening.

The 19-year-old failed to return from the night out at the University of Reading last week.

Police said search teams had recovered a body from a nearby lake but no formal identification had taken place.

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Reading University student still missing

Daniel Williams
Police have been checking a lake and countryside in the search

The search for missing student Daniel Williams has entered a sixth day.

The University of Reading hosted a vigil last night in the nightclub where Mr Williams was last seen at about 01:00 GMT on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was reported missing when he failed to return to his accommodation following a night out.

Thames Valley Police said the search for the computer science student would not stop "until we find Daniel".