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A THRIFTY woman has wowed social media users after sharing photos of her completely revamped 'smelly' council flat.

After her marriage broke down in September, the Facebook user found herself moving into a small one-bedroom council flat.

7 From drab to fab: Before the makeover, this room was in desperate need of a makeover 7 With the help of new flooring and some new wallpaper, this council flat has been transformed into a girly sanctuary

Sadly the previous tenants had neglected the lodgings and the place had run into total disrepair.

With the help of a bit of hard work and some elbow grease, the woman totally revamped her new home to give it a completely new feel.

Taking to the Facebook group Extreme Budget DIY & Life Hacks to share the incredible transformation, the woman was thrilled to share her story with fellow money savers.

She wrote: "Back in September I had a marriage breakdown and literally had to start from scratch. I moved into a 1 bedroom council flat.]

7 A cosy new lounge 7 The previous tenant pasted up this masculine book print wallpaper, which has since been replaced with calmer decor 7 With a lick of white paint and a simple print, this hallway looks much better

"The decor was horrific and the smell was awful. However with a bit of hard graft and my savings have dissolved but I'm now really happy with how far I've come.

"It's my lil safe haven and I absolutely love it," she added.

Priot to its makeover, the flat was once decorated with a mish-mash of different patterns and colours. One area was pasted with a fake book print, while another print attempted to look like brickwork.

Since its new tenant moved in, the flat has undergone a total transformation and now feels like an airy modern home.

7 By sticking to a simple colour palette, the space looks much more put together

The upstairs bedroom was once looked old and worn, with a musty maroon carpet and busy wallpaper.

With a lick of purple paint and a new grey carpet, the room has had a girly makeover and looks much better for it.

The hallway was originally pasted with a busy wallpaper printed with books and a drab carpet.

These have been replaced with white walls, grey carpet and a simple palm leaf print, bringing a new sense of calm to the stairway area.

7 The woman said the new space is now her 'little haven'

Sticking to a colour palette of red, grey, white and brown, the woman has totally transformed her living and dining rooms.

People were quick to commend the woman's handiwork, showering her with compliments.

One person wrote: "Absolutely beautiful. You've done an amazing job. Well done."

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Prehistoric 15-foot dolphin acted like modern-day killer whales, researchers say

Prehistoric dolphins acted more like modern-day killer whales, according to a newly published study.

The research, which appears in the scientific journal Current Biology, describes a 25-million-year-old, 15-foot skeleton of a dolphin, known as Ankylorhiza tiedemani comb. n., that had teeth. Its bone structure allowed it to operate like the apex predator of the seas, which researchers believe it was.

"The degree to which baleen whales and dolphins independently arrive at the same overall swimming adaptations, rather than these traits evolving once in the common ancestor of both groups, surprised us," said the study's lead author, Robert Boessenecker of the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., in a statement. "Some examples include the narrowing of the tail stock, increase in the number of tail vertebrae, and shortening of the humerus (upper arm bone) in the flipper."

This illustration shows a life restoration of a pod of Ankylorhiza tiedemani hunting. (Credit: Robert W Boessenecker)


The fossils of the first Ankylorhiza were discovered in the latter part of the 19th century, including a snout fossil. Yet, it wasn't until the late 1990s that the nearly complete skeleton described in the study was found in South Carolina.

Boessenecker and the other researchers also noted that Ankylorhiza's skeleton indicates it was the first whale to use echolocation, as it was "very clearly preying upon large-bodied prey like a killer whale."

"Whales and dolphins have a complicated and long evolutionary history, and at a glance, you may not get that impression from modern species," Boessenecker explained. "The fossil record has really cracked open this long, winding evolutionary path, and fossils like Ankylorhiza help illuminate how this happened."

Echolocation is used by whales, dolphins, birds and bats. It allows animals to know where the location of an object is using reflected sound, allowing the animals "to move around in pitch darkness, so they can navigate, hunt, identify friends and enemies, and avoid obstacles," according to Discover Wildlife.

Boessenecker said more fossils of Ankylorhiza need to be studied, including some younger creatures, to gain a better understanding of the ancient dolphin, as well as the era it lived in.


"There are many other unique and strange early dolphins and baleen whales from Oligocene aged rocks in Charleston, South Carolina," Boessenecker explained. "Because the Oligocene epoch is the time when filter feeding and echolocation first evolved, and since marine mammal localities of that time are scarce worldwide, the fossils from Charleston offer the most complete window into the early evolution of these groups, offering unparalleled evolutionary insight."

Researchers continue to learn more about the ancient seas and the creatures that lived in them. In April, researchers learned that ancient crocodiles behaved similarly to modern-day whales and dolphins due to their inner-ear systems.

In May 2018, researchers described the discovery of a 180-million-year-old prehistoric crocodile fossil. The crocodile had "dolphin-like features" and was described as "the missing link."

Several months later, experts published a study on a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur fossil that had evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins.


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