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Patagones, the “Three-meter-tall giants” that Magellan Found at the Southern Tip of America

In 2022, the 500th anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the World was celebrated, the Spanish maritime expedition that allowed for global circumnavigation and opened a route to the Spice Islands as an alternative to the route along the southern tip of Africa, which was monopolized by Portugal. It was a grand adventure in which […]

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Expedition Finds Creatures Unknown to Science in an Underwater Mountain Range Near Rapa Nui

A team of international scientists recently explored the Salas y Gómez Ridge, a remote area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile. During their expedition, they discovered an amazing variety of marine life, including over 160 species that were previously unknown to science. At least 50 of these are completely new species that […]

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Researchers Find Evidence of Early Contact Between First Settlers of Rapa Nui and South American Natives

A recent study analyzed the starch residues found on obsidian tools from the oldest strata at the Anakena site in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), dated between 1000 and 1300 AD. The results provide interesting evidence about the diet and crops of the island’s early inhabitants, as well as evidence of contact between South American natives […]

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Expedition Discovers More than 100 Astonishing New Species in Chile’s Coastal Seamounts

An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Javier Sellanes of Chile’s Universidad Católica del Norte, may have discovered over 100 new species living on the undersea mountains off the coast of Chile. The recent expedition by the Schmidt Ocean Institute allowed researchers to identify several potentially new species, including deep sea corals, glass sponges, […]