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Old Fossils
Series 8, Episode 1
Air date 4 July 2011
Written by John Wilsher
Directed by Philip John
Episode guide
The Fourth Man
End Of The Line

Old Fossils was the first episode of the eighth series of New Tricks.


The murder of a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2001 opens the new series. The team discovers the victim was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way – and when it comes out he was strongly opposed to the museum's sponsorship deal with a large fuel company, the ex-cops soon have plenty of suspects.