The Reading / Listening - Dangerous Places - Level 5

Paleontologists have found what they think is the most dangerous place in the history of the Earth. It is not a crime-ridden, inner-city area or a war zone. It is an area of the Sahara Desert that 100 million years ago was a scary place. The team of fossil hunters said an area near the Morocco-Algeria border was home to terrifying and ferocious predators, like those from Jurassic Park on steroids. The paleontologists have dubbed the area as the "most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth". They base this on an array of fossils found in ancient rocks in the Sahara called the Kem Kem group.



A professor wrote about the significance of the study, calling it, "the most comprehensive piece of work on fossil vertebrates from the Sahara in almost a century". He said: "This place was filled with absolutely enormous fish...probably four or even five times larger than today's....There was an enormous freshwater saw shark...with the most fearsome of teeth." Dr Nizar Ibrahim, lead author of the report, said it was a very inhospitable place. He said it was, "a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long". He said the study provides "a window into Africa's age of dinosaurs".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dangerous Places - Level 4 or  Dangerous Places - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/prehistoric-sahara-ferocious-predators-dangerous-place-earth-1500389
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/palaeontologists-say-ancient-sahara-was-most-dangerous-place-in-earth-s-history
  • http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/kem-kem-predators-08367.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the most
  2. a crime-ridden, inner-
  3. an area near the Morocco-Algeria
  4. home to terrifying and ferocious
  5. like those from Jurassic Park on
  6. dubbed the area as the most
  7. in the history
  8. fossils found in
  1. of planet Earth
  2. border
  3. steroids
  4. ancient rocks
  5. city area
  6. dangerous place
  7. dangerous place
  8. predators

Paragraph 2

  1. the significance
  2. the most comprehensive
  3. in almost a
  4. with the most fearsome of
  5. lead
  6. it was a very inhospitable
  7. a human time-
  8. a window into Africa's
  1. teeth
  2. traveller
  3. piece of work
  4. age of dinosaurs
  5. place
  6. century
  7. of the study
  8. author of the report

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Paleontologists have found what they think is the (1) ___________________ in the history of the Earth. It is (2) ___________________, inner-city area or a war zone. It is an area of the Sahara Desert that 100 million years ago was (3) ___________________. The team of fossil hunters said an area near the Morocco-Algeria border was home to (4) ___________________ predators, like those from Jurassic Park on steroids. The paleontologists have (5) ___________________ as the "most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth". They base this on an array of fossils found (6) ___________________ in the Sahara called the Kem Kem group.

A professor wrote about (7) ___________________ the study, calling it, "the most comprehensive piece of (8) ___________________ vertebrates from the Sahara in almost a century". He said: "This place was (9) ___________________ enormous fish...probably four or even five times larger than today's....There was an enormous freshwater saw shark...with the (10) ___________________ teeth." Dr Nizar Ibrahim, lead author of the report, said it was a (11) ___________________. He said it was, "a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long". He said the study provides "a window into Africa's (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Paleontologistshavefoundwhattheythinkisthemostdangerousplacei
nthehistoryoftheEarth.Itisnotacrime-ridden,inner-cityareaoraw
arzone.ItisanareaoftheSaharaDesertthat100millionyearsagowasas
caryplace.TheteamoffossilhunterssaidanareaneartheMorocco-Alg
eriaborderwashometoterrifyingandferociouspredators,likethosefro
mJurassicParkonsteroids.Thepaleontologistshavedubbedtheareaas
the"mostdangerousplaceinthehistoryofplanetEarth".Theybasethiso
nanarrayoffossilsfoundinancientrocksintheSaharacalledtheKemKe
mgroup.Aprofessorwroteaboutthesignificanceofthestudy,callingit,"
themostcomprehensivepieceofworkonfossilvertebratesfromtheSah
arainalmostacentury".Hesaid:"Thisplacewasfilledwithabsolutelyen
ormousfish...probablyfourorevenfivetimeslargethantoday's....Ther
ewasanenormousfreshwatersawshark...withthemostfearsomeoftee
th."DrNizarIbrahim,leadauthorofthereport,saiditwasaveryinhospita
bleplace.Hesaiditwas,"aplacewhereahumantime-travellerwouldnot
lastverylong".Hesaidthestudyprovides"awindowintoAfrica'sageofdi
nosaurs".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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