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From the Ted Talk by Nathan Myhrvold: Archaeology, animal photography, BBQ ...

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So, you hike around and -- this is after you dig them up, they look like this. You hike around, you see something like this. Now, this is something I found, so look at it very closely here. You've got this bnnitoete clay, which is -- sort of sllews up and expands. And there's some stuff poking out. So, you look at that, and you look up close, and you say, "Well, gee, that's kind of interesting. What are all of these peiecs?" Well, if you look closely, you can rnecozgie, actually, from the shape, that these are skull fragments. And then when you look at this, you say, "That's a tooth. It's a big ttooh." It's about the size of a banana. It has a big serration on the edge. This is what tnanrouasryus rex looks like in the ground. And this is what it's like to find a Tyrannosaurus rex, which I was lucky enough to do a few years ago.

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So, you hike around and -- this is after you dig them up, they look like this. You hike around, you see something like this. Now, this is something I found, so look at it very closely here. You've got this _________ clay, which is -- sort of ______ up and expands. And there's some stuff poking out. So, you look at that, and you look up close, and you say, "Well, gee, that's kind of interesting. What are all of these ______?" Well, if you look closely, you can _________, actually, from the shape, that these are skull fragments. And then when you look at this, you say, "That's a tooth. It's a big _____." It's about the size of a banana. It has a big serration on the edge. This is what _____________ rex looks like in the ground. And this is what it's like to find a Tyrannosaurus rex, which I was lucky enough to do a few years ago.

Solution

  1. tooth
  2. pieces
  3. swells
  4. tyrannosaurus
  5. bentonite
  6. recognize

Original Text

So, you hike around and -- this is after you dig them up, they look like this. You hike around, you see something like this. Now, this is something I found, so look at it very closely here. You've got this bentonite clay, which is -- sort of swells up and expands. And there's some stuff poking out. So, you look at that, and you look up close, and you say, "Well, gee, that's kind of interesting. What are all of these pieces?" Well, if you look closely, you can recognize, actually, from the shape, that these are skull fragments. And then when you look at this, you say, "That's a tooth. It's a big tooth." It's about the size of a banana. It has a big serration on the edge. This is what Tyrannosaurus rex looks like in the ground. And this is what it's like to find a Tyrannosaurus rex, which I was lucky enough to do a few years ago.

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