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# I'm Andy and I work here, at the National Museum

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# We've got dinosaurs and Ice Age beasts, you should see them

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# Jen is my assistant, Mrs Pickles runs the show

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-# Come on my adventures

-Ready, steady, go

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# One, two, three, four

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-# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

-Join the crew

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# Travel back in time and discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come too

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# We'll see woolly mammoths, dinosaurs, cavemen and more

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# When I jump into the old museum clock to explore

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# Take me off to prehistoric times I say

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-# Hold on tight, shut your eyes

-And then we fly away

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# One, two, three, four

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-# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

-Join the crew

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# Travel back in time and discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come too

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's prehistoric adventures! #

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OWL HOOTS

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HE WHISTLES

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Hi, I'm Andy. I work here, at the National Museum.

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I'm just taking an extra special artefact to the prehistoric gallery.

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I've got it safe and sound in here. Come on.

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-Hi, Jen!

-Oh, hi, Andy.

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I was just trimming back these leaves, so everything looks perfect.

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-Well done. It looks great.

-Thanks.

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I've got the final part to the display in this box.

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It's an incredibly rare and incredibly precious object.

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Oh, sounds exciting. Can I see, please?

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Of course. You need to be really careful, though.

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-Are you ready?

-Mm-hm.

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-Ta-da!

-Um, Andy, it's a stick.

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I know. It's astonishing, isn't it?

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Um, not really. I've got lots right here, on the floor.

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Not like this one. This is three million years old.

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Mrs Pickles found it on an archaeological dig in Africa

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and she thinks that it belonged to this guy.

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-The Australopithecus?

-One of our ancient ancestors.

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We think that they were among the first apes to ever use

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objects like this as a tool.

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-Tool? You mean like my clippers?

-Precisely.

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Mrs Pickles doesn't know exactly what they used it for,

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but she thinks, because of these marks and scratches,

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that an Australopithecus used it as a tool.

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-Oh, wow. That's amazing.

-I know.

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I'll just put it in place.

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There we go. Perfect.

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Oh, Andy, I'd love to know what the Australopithecus used it for.

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-Oh, me too.

-Evening, you two.

-BOTH:

-Hello, Mrs Pickles.

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I was just on my way home and I thought I'd pop in to see how

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you're getting on with the new display.

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-It's almost finished.

-Fantastic.

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You will be careful with that Australopithecus tool.

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I don't want to have to go all the way to Africa to find another one.

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It's in safe hands. We'll take good care of it.

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I knew I could count on you. See you in the morning.

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-BOTH:

-Goodnight.

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Uh, Andy, does that stick look different to you?

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What? This isn't the same stick that Mrs Pickles brought back.

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Where's the other one?

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We said to Mrs Pickles we'd take good care of it.

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Could we replace it with one of the sticks from the floor?

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No, the other one had the original marks and scratches on it.

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Oh, um, well, we can't go all the way to Africa to get a new one.

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-There isn't enough time.

-CLOCK CHIMES

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PTERODACTYL SCREECHES

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Time.

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That's it!

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Jen, you stay here. I'll go and get another Australopithecus tool.

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Time to go on a prehistoric adventure!

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Um...but, Andy...

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Africa's thousands of miles away.

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Huh.

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Waistcoat, hat, backpack, gizmo.

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To the time of Australopithecus!

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CLOCK WINDS

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Hoo! Ohhhhhh!

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I've made it!

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I've travelled back just over three million years...

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to the time of Australopithecus.

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And I'm in Africa, on the Great Rift Valley.

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Hang on, though. I think I'm stuck on this rock.

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What am I going to do?

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The clock! I've got a good idea.

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Here goes.

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Ooo-uhh!

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Yes! That's it.

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Whoa-oh!

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SPLASH

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Oh, no!

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If I lose the clock, I can't get home!

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Um...I'm going to have to look for it later.

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Right now, I need to find an Australopithecus.

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This is probably a good place to look.

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Australopithecus love the protection of the forest.

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GRUNTING

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Look, Australopithecus! We've found them.

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Well, there might be three million years between us

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but we're still distantly related.

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Maybe I'll go down there and say hello.

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Hello, little fella. What you doing there on your own?

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SHE SCREECHES

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Ooh, is that your mum?

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Oh, no! She's not calling to us, she's shouting at them.

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They must like the look of this river

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and they're trying to push us out.

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You big bullies!

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Come on, everyone, run!

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THEY SCREECH ANGRILY

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Oh. Now that we've been chased out of the forest,

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the tribe are looking for a new place to live,

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but it's a lot more dangerous when they're out here on the plains,

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especially with a Deinotherium around!

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An ancient relative to the elephant

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and they can be very aggressive, too.

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I need to warn the gang.

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You lot, look out!

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Ooh, watch out, little one!

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Oh, they should be safe now. That was close.

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The Deinotherium can't get to them in that tree.

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Hang on a minute.

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Oh, no!

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My little friend, he's calling for help. He went the wrong way.

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The Deinotherium can hear him.

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I need to do something quick!

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Hey, over here! Deinotherium, this way. Woo-hoo!

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Oh, it's working.

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ANDY SCREAMS

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Phew.

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He's gone. Ho-ho! That was lucky.

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Are you OK, little guy?

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Oh.

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THEY CALL EXCITEDLY

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Well, it sounds like your pals are pleased to see you.

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Oh! Ha-ha.

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Oh. What are the others up to now?

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Oh, they're digging for food.

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Australopithecus, they used to eat all sorts of things -

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fruit, berries, meat, even grubs and roots.

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The older ones used to teach the younger ones how to dig them up.

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Aw. My little friend is on his own again.

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He doesn't seem to know what to do.

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Maybe I'll give him a hand.

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Don't worry, I'll help you out.

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Now, first of all, you need to find a stick.

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There we go, this should do it.

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It looks like this one's already been used.

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Then you need to take the sharp end of the stick

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and rake it into the dirt, like this.

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Really dig until you find, there we go, a nice, tasty root.

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There we go. Munch on that.

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It's amazing what you can do with...with a stick!

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Well, this is what I've been looking for!

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And look, it's got the same markings on it as the one that

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Mrs Pickles found.

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Great. I'll put it in my backpack.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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The clock. I need to get back.

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I need to find the clock first.

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Oh... Right, see you later, everyone.

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Oh, the clock must have floated downstream.

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I need to follow it somehow.

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Um... Ooh! My backpack, it's always full of useful things.

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Self-inflating dinghy. Now why would I need that?

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BOING

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Actually, this is exactly what I need.

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This is great!

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I'm floating downriver in Africa,

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heading towards the Great Rift Valley.

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Hang on a minute, the Great Rift Valley?

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When the river gets there...

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it'll be a really big waterfall!

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SPLASH

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Well, it's not how I thought it would happen, but I found the clock.

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Time to head back!

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CLOCK CHIMES

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Mrs Pickles - quick!

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-Jen!

-Andy, you're back!

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Did you get the stick? You're soaking.

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Hang on.

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-Got it.

-Where did you find it?

-No time to explain.

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Come on, we're running out of time.

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Good morning.

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I've come to see the new display.

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Oh, yes, that's excellent.

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And I see you've got my Australopithecus tool

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in prime position. Fabulous.

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Oh, I do wish I knew what they used it for.

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Um, maybe they used it for digging up roots and grubs, Mrs Pickles.

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-That's a very good suggestion, Andy.

-Oh, thank you.

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Is it raining outside?

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-Uh, yes, it is, Mrs Pickles.

-Oh.

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See you next time.

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# One, two, three, four

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures! #

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Andy travels back in time three million years to the Great Rift Valley in Africa to meet one of our very own ancient ancestors, australopithecus. During his adventure he has a narrow escape from an angry relative of the elephant and takes a trip over a waterfall in an inflatable dinghy.


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