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Dinosaur Bones

Preschool drama series. When a mysterious bone is discovered in the community garden at Apple Tree House, the children's imaginations begin to race.


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# No matter if you're young or old

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# With good friends you'll never be alone

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# Shining light on our joyful world

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# Ain't nothing going to beat that place we call home

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# First days, new days

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# All the very best days

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# New things to discover

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# New people to meet

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# Fun days always

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# Playing with your friend days

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# Life is for the living down at Apple Tree House. #

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These are all so bright and colourful.

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And funny-shaped compared to the ones in the shop.

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But they're really good for you, full of vitamins.

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-Vitamins?

-Yes, stuff that's found in foods we eat.

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Your body needs vitamins to work properly,

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-so that you grow up like your...

-Like Dad?

-Yes, nice and healthy.

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Ooh, look at this!

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Goodness, what have you got there?

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I don't know, what is it?

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Do you think it's some kind of hidden treasure?

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Treasure? Well, that would be a surprise.

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But it might be.

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-Pirate treasure...

-Ooh-arr!

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..hidden for hundreds of years.

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Buried here in the ground.

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But why is it buried in the community garden?

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Hmm, I'm not sure.

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Let's take the treasure back upstairs,

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then we can start to work out what it is that we found.

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-Let's get solving!

-Solving!

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Um, this doesn't look like our treasure.

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No-one's seen treasure like this before.

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-It could be very rare and even more valuable.

-Hm.

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It could be one of those dinosaur-thingy whatsits, you know?

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A fossil. Yes, it's a fossil!

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Yes!

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-But how did they get here on the estate?

-Hmm.

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It probably came from a dinosaur that roamed around Apple Tree House

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millions of years ago.

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Oh, my gosh!

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Dinosaurs used to live here? Cool!

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My dad would know about this, he works at the zoo.

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Gran, can we go ask him?

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Please, please, please!

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He's watching the football on TV with my dad.

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All right, let me finish up here and then we'll go and talk to him.

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-Yes!

-Awesome!

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-Yeah, yeah, that's it, that's it.

-Come on.

-Come on...

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Hi, Dad.

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-Oh, no!

-Sorry to interrupt your match, boys, Mali's found

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something strange and interesting in the community garden today.

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Bella helped research it on the computer,

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but we couldn't find anything about it.

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We think it's a dinosaur fossil.

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Dinosaur fossil? Is that possible?

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What do you think?

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Yes, it's certainly possible.

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Fossils have been found in the strangest of places.

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If it's important, does that mean we'll be famous scientists?

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Well, if it turns out to be a dinosaur bone,

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you certainly could be.

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Scientists who study dinosaur bones or fossils are

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called palaeontologists.

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Zoo archaeologists study how humans interacted with animals.

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Wow, we're ologists!

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It certainly looks like an old bone of animal origin.

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It could well be that of a dinosaur.

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Wow, this is a real find!

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Fossils are so exciting!

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They help us imagine what life

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for these amazing old creatures was like.

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CAWING

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Dinosaurs as big as a house!

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Ah, yeah!

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Ooh, that's scary.

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Dinosaurs roaming around Apple Tree House.

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Dinosaurs were massive and they'd probably gobble you up!

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No need to worry, Bella.

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The last of the dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago.

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Our earliest ancestors didn't arrive until much later,

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about five million years ago.

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So despite what you see on TV,

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people and dinosaurs never lived on our planet at the same time.

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It would have been impossible for dinosaurs to gobble up people

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-or keep them as pets.

-Phew, thank goodness for that!

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-WHISTLE BLOWS

-Oh! Oh, that was close!

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Why don't you take it to work, see if you can find out more about it?

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-CHILDREN:

-Please!

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That is a great idea.

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Now, can we watch the rest of the footy?

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Come on, you Reds!

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Have you heard about the dinosaur fossil?

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-The what?

-The dinosaur fossil.

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Everyone's talking about it.

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No, but tell me more.

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Apparently, Mali and Grandma Zainab went to the community garden

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and found a dinosaur fossil.

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-What, here?

-Yes.

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It could be an important and valuable archaeological find.

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-Hiya.

-Oh, hi, Ian.

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Here's that fit-all super wrench I borrowed.

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Listen, have you guys heard anything about this dinosaur thingy?

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-Fossil.

-Dinosaur fossil?

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Oh, yeah. Nadeem took it off to work at the zoo to have it analysed.

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I reckon them archae...olly people...

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-Zoo archaeologists and palaeontologists.

-Yeah.

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..may have to excavate the garden,

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see if any more fossils can be found.

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That'll cause disruption, an area of the estate closed off,

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affecting access to some of the flats.

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The car park, play area, sheds, and gardens.

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Disruption?

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-Upheaval?

-Yeah.

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The residents aren't going to be happy.

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Unhappy residents?

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Unhappy Dad.

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I can imagine it.

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HE SIGHS AND GROANS

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Argh!

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Anyway, Dad, look on the bright side.

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Our estate's going to be famous.

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I'd better cordon off the area if the community garden will become

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an important archaeological site.

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Then we better stop in to see Zainab and Mali,

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find out if they know what's going on with this

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archaeological dinosaur thingy.

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Well, Gran and I were picking vegetables in the community garden,

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and that's when I saw it.

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Then we got solving, but we didn't find what we wanted on the internet.

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But Nadeem told us all about palaeontologists,

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zoo archaeologists,

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and dinosaurs.

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And Dad said he'd take it into work.

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So we'd know if it was important or valuable.

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They are probably loads more fossils that will have to be dug up.

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-And then we'll all be ologists.

-Mm-hm.

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I want to be a zoo archaeologist.

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Well, this is an unexpected turnout.

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Dad, did you find out about the fossil?

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Yes, everyone's DESPERATE to know.

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You've come in just in time for a nice cuppa.

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I didn't think so many people would be interested in an old bone.

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-Is it valuable?

-Are we going to be famous?

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I need to know how the estate will run if have to close off

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the car park and the gardens because of an archaeological dig.

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Well, after taking it to work, I can reveal that...

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it is indeed very old.

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-Amazing!

-Yes!

-Wow.

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-But not millions of years old.

-Oh.

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It's not a fossil bone, as first thought, but a tooth.

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-A dinosaur tooth?

-Well, no.

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It's not a tooth from a dinosaur.

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Probably a large shark.

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Wow! A large shark.

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Oh, my gosh.

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Cool. That sounds FINteresting.

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HE LAUGHS AND CLEARS THROAT

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Sorry, Nadeem, go on, mate.

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As I was saying, a shark,

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certainly something very large that lived in the sea.

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It's a marine species.

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How did the shark's tooth find its way to Apple Tree House?

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Yeah, we live nowhere near the sea.

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It all sounds a bit FISHY to me.

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Dad!

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Well, that presents us with an even bigger mystery.

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Nadeem, is it possible to see what all the fuss is about, please?

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Sure.

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KOBI LAUGHS

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What's so funny?

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Kobi, what's so funny?

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Well, I'll tell you.

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-Is everyone sitting comfortably?

-Yeah!

-Yeah.

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Many, many years ago, my father told the story

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of my great-uncle,

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Brightness Apapafio,

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who was a fisherman in Accra, Ghana.

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Now, because of storms and bad weather,

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the fishing boats hadn't gone out in days,

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and the village was very hungry.

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That evening, Brightness decided to brave the weather and set out.

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He knew he could become lost as another storm was brewing,

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so as soon as his nets were full of fish,

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Brightness battled through the rough sea to haul them in.

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And then suddenly, out of the dark water, a face appeared.

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A giant shark with its mouth open wide.

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-Wow!

-Whoa.

-That is cool.

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But instead of chomping on the boat,

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the shark gently nudged Uncle Bright back to land

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with all the food for the village.

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Back home, people didn't think it was possible,

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until the next morning, when my dad went to check out the fishing boat.

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And there, glistening in the water,

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a giant tooth.

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Proof of Uncle Bright's tale.

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Well, he went down in fishing folklore

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as the hero who was saved by a friendly shark.

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Many years later, my father handed the tooth down to me.

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-What about the shark?

-Oh, he was seen a few more times,

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and he became known as "Argh, Shark!"

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But how could it get into our garden?

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Ah, I like to be resourceful,

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so I simply used it as a gardening tool to plant my runner beans,

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which I have to say, and I'm very proud to say, have won a few prizes.

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See, perfect for seeding.

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I must've left it in the garden, haven't seen it in ages.

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I thought I'd lost it.

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So it's not old?

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But it is, and valuable.

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And important.

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You see, another tradition is something

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that has such a powerful story doesn't really belong to anyone.

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It finds you.

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From the shark to Uncle Brightness, and he told his story.

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It found me, and I told my story.

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And now it's found you,

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and you now have your own story.

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Whoa! Cool!

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Do you know what, I think you better hang onto it for a while longer.

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Yay!

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Hey, Mali. What an adventure.

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It's certainly the oldest

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and most significant thing I've ever come across.

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-Goodnight, Son.

-Goodnight, Dad.

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Oh, well. We didn't get to become zoo archaeologists.

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Probably just as well.

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THEY LAUGH

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Could you imagine my dad and everyone in the garden

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digging for fossils?

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But we did learn loads about dinosaurs, palaeontologists

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and marine species.

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And how to plant runner beans.

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And the best bit was your dad's story about the shark.

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-You're a good friend, Mali.

-And you're a great friend, Sam.

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When a mysterious bone is discovered in the community garden at Apple Tree House, the children's imaginations begin to race! Could it really be a dinosaur bone? What would the estate be like full of dinosaurs? Nadeem helps Mali find out more.