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23 May 2014

A long-necked dinosaur found in Patagonia, one of America’s first settlers found in Mexico, and how to protect the World Cup mascot the giant armadillo

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Un saurópodo fue hallado en Argentina. Foto via Wikipedia.

Argentina

The fossilized remains of a long-necked sauropod have been found in Patagonia. The paleontologists estimate that the animal inhabited the area 140 million years ago. Seven other dinosaurs have been found in the same area; scientists believe it is a place they chose to die.

Mexico

In a cenote (water hole) in the Yucatan scientists have found a virtually complete skeleton of a teenage girl that lived 12,000 years old. DNA analysis has shown that the remains are one of America’s first settlers that likely came from Asia across the Bering Strait in Alaska.

Brazil

The giant armadillo, the mascot of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, is in danger of extinction due to hunting and destruction of its habitat. The NGO Caatinga has petitioned FIFA to raise environmental awareness about the animal by dubbing the mascot Fuelco a mishmash of the words football and ecology. Now scientists propose that for every goal scored during the tournament, 1,000 acres of the Caatinga habitat be protected.