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After a volcano eruption, Sacred Easter Island statues sustain irreparable damage

According to Chilean and Indigenous authorities, the fire has charred Easter Island’s stone heads and other archaeological items. Officials from the native tribe reported that the fire, which was caused by Rano Raraku’s volcano, started Monday. It razed more than 100 hectares of the island’s famous stone-carved statues, known as Moai, and damaged their famed …

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These turtles are now hatched in North America for the first time

After more than two decades of waiting, endangered Indian narrow-headed Softshell Turtles have finally been bred at San Diego Zoo. This is the first time that the species has been recorded reproducing at a North American zoo. In a Monday news release, the San Diego Zoo announced that 41 turtle softshell babies were hatching. The …

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Nobel awarded to a scientist who discovered secrets about Neanderthal DNA

The Nobel Committee announced on Twitter that Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist, “has established an entirely different scientific discipline called paleogenomics,” according to the Nobel Committee. The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist who discovered key information about human evolution and what makes us different from our extinct relatives. …

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