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Re: New giant sauropod from Argentina: Translation

Thanks for this!  Recognising now that it is in Portuguese rather than
Spanish, I can also get a helpful Google translation at
But I am suspicious that this may be an old report about

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> Here is a translation, not the best, but better than trying to read
> Portuguese. Happy reading!
> ReBecca
> "Discovered giants in the Patagônia Argentine Researchers and Brazilians
> find news evidences of big dinosaurs
> "Chegamos!", was the general exclamation.  In the day 19 of February,
> everybody was finally united in the camp on the margins of the Lake
> Barreales, after three days and 55 hours inside bus and a short stay in
> Buenos To - this was the environment of transport utilized by most of the
> Brazilian team (financing for research básica continues being a problem.
> ..).
> The region is known as Loma of Reading Tin, one of the main deposits of gas
> of the South America, and is located in the Province of Neuquén, northwest
> of the Argentina.  In full land of Indians Mapuche, more specifically of the
> community Paynemil, was founded the Center Paleontológico Lake Barreales
> (CePaLB), that belongs to the Universidad National del Comahue.  The center
> is situated to around 90 km of the city of Neuquén.  The population of the
> region is summarized to some Indians with his creations of goats and to the
> team of six to eight paleontólogos and technical that mantêm the CePaLB.
> The city more near, Añielo, stayed to 17 km and has little more of 2
> thousand inhabitants.
> As it is that a center of research is created in the environment of the
> desert?  And we, what we were doing there?
> As diverse big discoveries of the paleontologia, the creation of the CePaLB
> must very to the obstinacy and at random - or, as prefer some, to the luck.
> Since it arrived to Neuquén there is barely 20 years, Jorge Bald, present
> manager of the Center, if dedicated it find dinosaurs.  Between the diverse
> places that he exploited, are the margins of the Lake Barreales.  In the
> however, the beauty of the local one contrastava with the lack of fossils
> and the diverse expeditions resulted in nothing of special.  A day, however,
> everything moved..
> In February of 2000, Bald organized news campaign for traverse the margins
> of the lake.  Hours afterwards, barely few fragments of bones had been
> found.  With the moral one of the team in decrease, without possibility of
> go up a cliff that existed to the front, he resolved to examine some small
> cerros near to at the expense of the lake.  In a given moment, someone found
> part of turtles - the best stuff of the day and of the previous
> expeditions -, what did with that they decided to collect the stuff.
> As it is common in escavações, the most experienced work in the main pieces,
> while the novices are put in areas less promising.  One of the
> "inexperientes" saw the tip of a small piece of bone between the reddish
> rocks in based on I close him of the turtles.  It began it excavate, expondo
> more the such bone, to that someone identified him: treated of a vertebra
> cervical (of the neck) of a dinosaur.  With a detail: era one of the most
> greatest already found until today, with 110 centimeters!  Everybody can
> imagine what happened afterwards: the attentions were come back for that
> stuff, and the turtles... well, they were collected more latter.
> Others copy were excavated subsequently and revealed the partial skeleton
> from one of the most greatest dinosaurs already found, with more of 30
> meters of length.  The interest of the discovery of that giant - that still
> is in study - itself spread for the press and, like this, by the society,
> resulting in a good financial support (mainly of companies and private) for
> the development of the works.
> In the localities, named of Futalognko, installed itself since 2002 an
> escavação permanent and was created the CePaLB.  Acoplada to the scientific
> activity and removing profit of the natural beauty of the region, that area
> has served for the development of a new activity: the tourism
> paleontológico, still little diffused in the America Latin.
> But as it is that a team of paleontólogos and Brazilian students enter in
> that history?
> Since 2001, researchers of the Museum National/UFRJ has carried out works in
> colaboração with the team Argentina of the Universidad National del Comahue,
> including research of field.  All year, a Brazilian team (with students)
> travels to Neuquén and carries out joint works with the team Argentina, what
> enables a good exchange of information and technical.  Never too it is going
> to remember that, in we will have of collects of dinosaurs, the Argentines
> are well to our front!
> Of 2002 to 2004, the activities of field concentrated in the locality
> Futalognko, that revealed itself enough rich in fossils.  In this year, in
> the however, had an outright change: the activity of field with the
> Brazilian team would go to carry out in a new locality, to around 2,5 km of
> the previous one.  Since 2001, they will want to work in that area, since
> the annual floods of the lake exposed there many fragments and remainders
> isolated of bones of dinosaurs.  Exactly due to that opportunity, everybody
> were well lively, despite of the resulting tiredness of the long journey.
> After it mount camp and of a relativa good night of sleep (the booth is not
> to our cot, but is well more comfortable than a seat of bus), we initiate
> the works.  They transported by car of the camp up to "beach", we arrive to
> the localities.  To first sight was not a lot presenter: by some motive, to
> full of last year had displayed pouquíssimos exemplary.  A bone here,
> another over there, but nothing very interesting.  We arrive up to think of
> transfering the activities.
> We decide to initiate to escavação, concentrated in some points, where
> breaks of bones appeared.  While the works followed, exemplary news were
> found.  Two weeks afterwards, was clear that to new locality is excellent:
> around 2,5 tons of stuff was recuperated.  Vertebrae of the tail, neck, a
> plate esternal, escápula and others elements done not identify were
> collected.  Even the Argentine colleagues stayed surpresos.  But the best
> one is what that stuff represents: a dinosaur of similar, gigantic
> proportions in size upon finding by the team Argentina in 2000: an animal
> with more of 30 meters of length.  And still remain more in the field for to
> be collected!
> We are lively for give continuity to the escavações in The Barreales.  A
> region of rare beauty, with a lake in the environment of the desert, and
> rich in fossils, as the gigantic dinosaur that ourselves finish finding.
> With what more a paleontólogo can dream?
> The fossils found in The Barreales are guarded in the CePaLB.  They already
> are being prepared for that we be able to identify to how many animals
> belonged those bones, which were their species and their habits.  To what
> does everything indicate, the majority belongs to an even animal one - a
> saurópode of the group of the Titanosauridae.  All that is a meticulous and
> sick work, that should last at least a year.  It kept an eye out that we
> will placard here in the column the course of the analysis of those fossils!
> For more information, visits the site http: //www.proyectodino.com.ar.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Taylor" <mike@indexdata.com>
> To: <hebertbruno@pop.com.br>
> Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Friday, March 11, 2005 7:19 AM
> Subject: Re: New giant sauropod from Argentina
> > > Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 09:59:30 -0300 (EST)
> > > From: Hebert Bruno Campos <hebertbruno@pop.com.br>
> > >
> > > Discovered giants in Patagonia - Argentineans and Brazilians find
> > > new evidences of great dinosaurs
> > >
> > > http://cienciahoje.uol.com.br/controlPanel/materia/view/3248
> >
> > Hot damn, I _have_ to learn Spanish, stat!
> >
> > Can anyone offer even a partial translation of this?
> >
> > The vertebra illustrated at
> > http://cienciahoje.uol.com.br/images/ch%20on-line/galeria/3248d.jpg
> > looks like a brachiosaurid cervical to me, and the "reconstruction" at
> > http://cienciahoje.uol.com.br/images/ch%20on-line/galeria/3248g.jpg
> > is also, I think, meant to be a brachiosaur (though with short arms).
> >
> > I am guessing the phrase "um animal com mais of 30 meters of
> > comprimento" means something like "an animal at least 30m is length".
> > Assuming a length of 24m for the _Brachiosaurus brancai_ holotype HMN
> > SII, that suggests that the new animal is 25% longer, which would
> > imply (for animals of similar proportions) about twice the weight.
> > Hoo, boy.  Patagonia does it again.
> >
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