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May 2018

Patagotitan, the largest dinosaur in the world, will become one of the main attractions at the Field Museum in Chicago

As from June, a real-size reconstruction of the Titanosaur will be part of the permanent exhibition at the Field Museum, one of the most important Natural Sciences museums in the world. The pieces were completely produced in Trelew, they’ve just arrived in USA and will be assembled by a team from Mef who travelled there…

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December 2017

Seas in the Andes foothills: an extreme paleontological field-trip

Over 300 million years ago, today’s Pacific Ocean was covering a large area of SW South-america. A team of paleontologists travels that region in order to understand its climate and fauna, as well as the changes that affected it, during that time. Dr. Alejandra Pagani, PhD, (CONICET-MEF) specializes in fossil invertebrates from the Upper Paleozoic,…

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August 2017

Research article on the “Titanosaur” is published: The scientific name of the new species and its importance for understanding the evolution of titanosaur dinosaurs.

The research article conducted by a multidisciplinary team, that took four years, is published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (United Kingdom). Scientists have given an official name to the new species: Patagotitan mayorum, which gives information that helps understanding key aspects on the evolution of titanosaur sauropods. In the…

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July 2017

A team of Mef Researchers in the search of sustainable crops for arid areas

The scientific Staff of the Existing Plants area in Mef has been working for several years searching for crops to the production of oils, resins, fatty acids and gums of industrial use that would adapt to the arid conditions in this region. Most of current crops of commercial use are annual, which might – over…

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April 2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers in the search of clues from an ancient ocean in Chubut

About 300 million years ago the Andes hadn´t risen yet, what allowed the current Pacific Ocean cover a great part of West Patagonia. The Sierra de Tepuel area, located 100 km southeast from Esquel city (West of Chubut) is especially rich in fossils from that time, which represents part of the Carboniferous and Permian Periods…

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January 2017

Some fossils found in Chubut bring answers on the origin of the tomato’ family.

In Chubut Province (central Patagonia), Paleontologists found the oldest fossil record for the plants family that includes tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, among many others of great economic importance. The fossils belong to a new species of tomatillo, 52 million years old. The research on them will be published tomorrow, January 6, in Science, one of…

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November 2016

Some fossils found in Chubut Province (Patagonia, Argentina) help know that life in the region recovered quickly after the mass extinction 66 million years ago.

Studies made on fossil plants found in the mentioned province gave information about how he ecosystems in the South Hemisphere recovered from that event. 66 million years ago a huge meteorite crashed with the Earth, where Mexico is situated today, leading to a series of events that caused a major extinction that affected around 60%…

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August 2016

Remains of a flying reptile from the Jurassic were found in Chubut

These are the first remains of pterosaurs found in the Province of Chubut. The excellent state of preservation of cranial fossils reveals information about brain evolution and adaptation to flight of this particular group of flying reptiles. Scientists in charge of this investigation unveiled a new species of pterosaur from the Early­Middle Jurassic of Chubut….

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August 2016

Mef’s Researcher takes part of an International Research and Mentoring Project

Alejandra Pagani, PhD, (CONICET-MEF), is part of a Research Team that has been working since 2010 and has recently got financing by the National Sciences Foundation to develop a Research and Mentoring Project named LATE PALEOZOIC GONDWANAN ECOSYSTEMS. The greatest importance of this matter is that it will be entirely developed in Argentina. This Project…

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January 2016

Attenborough and the giant dinosaur

The story of the discovery of the largest dinosaur ever found. On Sunday, January 24th, Sir David Attenborough, one of the worldwide most recognized dissemination broadcaster, will be presenting the story of the discovery and reconstruction of the largest dinosaur ever: a new species of titanosaur, found in Patagonia, Argentina. In 2011, in La Flecha farm, Chubut Province,…

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