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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

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# You should see them

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# Jenny's 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

-Hey, 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

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# Hey, 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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ANDY WHISTLES

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

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Today, I've been making a display all about the tiny,

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prehistoric animal called a Leptictidium.

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I brought a juicy-looking fruit, in case it gets hungry.

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Oh, hi, Jen.

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Oh, hello, Andy.

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Oh, wow! What's that?

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This? It's a Leptictidium.

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Not that, that.

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Oh, it's a fig.

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Mm. I thought so.

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I love figs. They're delicious. I don't suppose I could, erm...

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You're not going to want to try that, Jen.

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It's a model of a prehistoric fig that grew 50 million years ago.

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-I made it using paper, water and glue.

-Paper, water and glue?

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-Yuck! Who'd want to eat that?

-Well, no-one.

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But Leptictidiums, they used to eat the REAL prehistoric figs.

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-Come on, I'll show you.

-OK.

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I'll just put this down here.

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-Wow.

-They were small, furry mammals, that used to

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roam around the forests of Europe, searching for food.

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It looks a bit like a tiny kangaroo.

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Well, that's why scientists believe

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they were very good at jumping,

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-especially when chasing after lizards.

-Oh, lizards.

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-It ate them, too?

-Yes. Leptictidium were omnivores,

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which means they ate all kinds of things.

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So, I've included lots of their favourite foods on here.

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Lizards, insects, plants.

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I just have to add the prehistoric fig and I'm finished.

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Then, we can go and get some food of our own.

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Oh, no!

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My fig, it's ruined!

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I needed that to finish the display.

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I wanted it to be just perfect for Mrs Pickles when she comes tomorrow.

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-Erm, we could stick it back together?

-Oh, I doubt it.

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I know! You could go and pick a real one.

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A real one?

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Jen, it's prehistoric.

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If I wanted a real one

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I'd have to go back in time 15 million years.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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PTEROSAUR SQUAWKS

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That's it!

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Jen, you're a genius.

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You go and get yourself some food, I'll be back soon with a new fig.

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Time to go on a prehistoric adventure!

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Erm, Andy, shall I get you something to eat?

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Don't worry!

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Waistcoat, gizmo,

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hat, backpack.

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To the time of Leptictidium.

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I made it!

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I've travelled back in time 15 million years.

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All the way to somewhere in Europe, to the time of Leptictidium.

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Now, all I have to do is find one and then follow them.

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And, hopefully, they'll lead me to a lovely fig tree.

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Now, which way do I go?

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Erm...

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That way!

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It's as good as any.

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ANDY WHISTLES

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Oh.

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This forest goes on for miles and miles.

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How am I going to search it all for a Leptictidium?

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The only thing I've seen so far are these dragonflies.

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Hang on a minute.

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That gives me a good idea.

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To the size of a dragonfly!

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Right, now to hitch a lift.

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Erm...

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Excuse me.

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Woo-hoo-hoo!

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Giddy-up!

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Ha-ha, come on!

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Whoa. Whoa-ho-ho-ho!

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Whoa!!

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Thanks for the ride.

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Have a safe trip, dragonfly.

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Well...

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I've searched the whole forest now for a Leptictidium

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and I can't find one anywhere.

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Maybe they're just not...

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Whoa!

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Whoa!

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Put me down!

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Ah!

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Urgh!

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I think she finally realised that I'm not dinner.

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Thanks for that.

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Although, just to be sure, I might make myself a bit bigger.

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Not too big, though.

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I don't want to scare her off.

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Size of a Leptictidium.

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There, that's better.

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Now I can follow her,

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without being eaten.

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Hey, wait for me!

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Well, she didn't lead me to a fig tree,

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but look what she has led me to.

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It's her family!

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And it looks like she's teaching them how to hunt,

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using that incredible, amazing, super-sensitive nose of hers.

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She's allowing her babies to smell the insects that she's caught.

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By doing that, she's showing them what's good to eat

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and what's not good to eat.

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Although, I think they still need a bit of a practise.

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DEEP RUMBLING

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What was that?

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MORE RUMBLING

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It's a Gastornis!

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A giant bird that loves eating tiny mammals like Leptictidiums.

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And like me!

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RUMBLING BIRD CALL

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Run! Quickly!

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GASTORNIS CALLS

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Oh!

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That was a close call.

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And look!

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I'm under a fig tree.

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Now, all I have to do is find a fig to replace the one that I made.

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Oh, but I can't see any up there.

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Maybe there's a few down here, underneath the leaves.

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And I know exactly who can help me search.

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Leptictidiums!

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Come on, the coast is clear! Out you come.

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They can use their amazing noses to unearth some lovely figs for me.

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Oh, they're having a good sniff around.

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Hang on.

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Have you found something?

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Oh, yes!

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Prehistoric figs!

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Oh, thank you, Mum.

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Oh, well, that's far too big to fit in this backpack.

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I know.

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Back to normal size.

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Great.

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I'll just pop this in here.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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The clock.

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I've got just enough time.

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Uh-oh.

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What is that?

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It's an Ambulocetus.

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An ancient relative to the whale...

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and a dangerous predator.

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Oh, no!

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I've got to get back to the clock.

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How am I going to get round him?

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My backpack.

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It's always full of useful things.

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Candle?

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An elastic-band ball?

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AMBULOCETUS GROWLS

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A ukulele?

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None of these things are going to help me.

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Unless...

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It's got to be worth a try.

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# Go to sleep, Ambulocetus

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# Sweet dreams, sweet dreams

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# Please don't eat me. #

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It's working.

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Yes!

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TWIG SNAPS

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AMBULOCETUS GROWLS

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Time to head back!

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CLOCK CHIMES

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Quick, Mrs Pickles!

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-Jen, I've got the fig!

-Oh, brilliant.

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Quick, Mrs Pickles is on her way.

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Good morning, you two.

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Morning, Mrs Pickles.

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So, what do you think?

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Oh, yes, this is wonderful work.

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I see you've even included some of the Leptictidium's favourite foods.

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That prehistoric fig looks particularly realistic.

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In fact, it looks so good it's making me hungry.

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I think I'll go and get some breakfast.

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See you later.

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And I think I'll go and get last night's dinner.

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Shh.

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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 searches for the tiny leptictidium, a furry mammal that used to bounce around the forests of Europe fifty million years ago.


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