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Fossils repaired in Argentina

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Added On April 15, 2018

Paleontologists, scientists and researchers are reconstructing the rich animal prehistory of Argentina.
 
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The Argentinean Museum of Natural Sciences was founded in 1812. And now, its paleontology department is the most important in Latin America. 
 
The museum has almost 80 thousand fossil specimens in its collection, including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and microscopic life. 
 
Meanwhile, slow but fascinating reconstruction work is taking place here every day.
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish): MARCELO MINANA, Paleontology Technician
"We have to be careful and apply many techniques so that the material suffers the least possible damage during extraction. Then, when we receive it in the workshop, we treat it with precision tools."
 
Patagonia, to the south of Argentina, is a rich area for paleontological discovery. The Patagotitan mayorum was discovered there in 2012.  
 
After the materials are taken to the museum, curators often showcase them with infographics and allow visitors to appreciate the evolution of life in the region. 
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish): MARCELO MINANA, Paleontology Technician
"There are two types of reconstruction: osteological reconstructions, the skeletons that are seen here, and life-like reconstructions, where we try to give the animal the appearance it had when it was alive."