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Listening to bones

Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan has been engaged in a conversation with bones for more than 20 years. The palaeobiologist based at the University of Cape Town gets the ancient bones to talk by investigating their microscropic structures.

This can reveal a lot about the life of the animal—perhaps a dinosaur—to which the bone once belonged, she says.

“I love the prehistoric detective work, trying to work out what the extinct animals were like when they were living,” she says.

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