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  • Multi-disciplinary study provides evidence of forced migration by pre-colonial Incas

    07/16/2020 9:28:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies ^ | July 14, 2020 | Bob Yirka
    Prior research has suggested that during the Late Horizon, a period of Inca history, the Inca rounded up people living outside of the Inca Empire and forced them to relocate to places inside the empire as a means of bolstering the population and thus the economy. Unfortunately, to date, evidence for such forced migrations has been scant. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a thorough investigation of the remains of six people buried in a cemetery in what was once a part of the Inca empire during the Late Horizon -- they suspected that all six were people who...
  • Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds

    07/08/2020 9:31:46 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 52 replies ^ | July 8, 2020 | Stanford University Medical Center
    Through deep genetic analyses, Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombia—something that's been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades. (snip) Before the study brought scientific evidence to the debate, the idea that Native Americans and Polynesians had crossed paths originated from a complex—both in its structure and origins—carbohydrate: the sweet potato. It turns out the sweet potato, which was originally domesticated in South and Central America, has also been known to grow in one other place prior...
  • Ministry Of Health Announces First Coronavirus Case In Belize (Last Country in America)

    04/02/2020 7:09:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    A 38-year-old, female, Belizean national from San Pedro is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize, according to The Ministry of Health. The patient sought medical attention after arriving in Belize on Thursday, March 19. She arrived at the private health facility with symptoms on Friday, March 20. Prior to this visit, she travelled from Los Angeles, California and transited through Texas. Based on her symptoms and travel history, Belize’s health system was alerted, and due process and protocol was started. All necessary precautions were taken on the Ministry’s end. The sample was processed for COVID-19 and other flu...
  • Coronavirus in South America: How it became a class issue

    03/25/2020 2:35:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 25, 2020 | By Katy Watson
    Brazil got its first case of coronavirus just after carnival. The man, who had visited Italy, returned with symptoms and went straight to Albert Einstein hospital, a world-class institution in the southern hemisphere's biggest city, São Paulo. In the beginning, many of the cases followed a similar pattern, affecting Brazilians who can afford to travel abroad and pay for treatment in private hospitals. And it is a pattern that is replicated across the region too. The first case in Ecuador was somebody returning from Spain. In Uruguay, media reported last week that half of the country's coronavirus cases could be...
  • Brazil Confirms First Case of New Coronavirus in Latin America (Probably contracted in Italy)

    02/26/2020 8:23:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 02/26/2020 | Zachary Steiber
    Brazilian authorities said on Feb. 26 that tests confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country. The 61-year-old man, who lives in Sao Paulo, traveled to Italy earlier this month. The confirmed case is the first in Latin America. Previously, only the United States and Canada had confirmed cases in the Americas. Brazil’s Ministry of Health said that the first test, which was done at Albert Einstein Hospital, came back positive. A counterproof conducted at the Adolfo Lutz Institute confirmed the infection. The patient is in good condition and is at home with his family, authorities said...
  • The Nations In America’s Backyard Are Falling Apart While The U.S. Remains Stuck In The Middle East

    10/29/2019 8:24:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/29/2019 | Sumantra Maitra
    As Vice President Mike Pence elaborated in his recent doctrinal speech on the containment of China, which might very well be the sole foreign policy legacy of this administration, massive protests, riots, and violence have been going on in Chile, Lebanon, and Hong Kong. This is a new pattern of violence, happening in relatively stable and comparatively freer societies.Hong Kong is relatively freer than mainland China, even though the protests in Hong Kong are understandable, given that it has been BeijingÂ’s long-term design to repress Hong Kong more like the mainland. The same cannot be said about Chile and Lebanon,...
  • Latest weapon against lionfish invasion? Meet the Roomba of the sea.

    10/22/2019 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 36 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 22, 2019 | Chris Iovenko
    ——Why We Wrote This—— How to counter invasive species, a common, and often intractable, problem? One entrepreneur’s clever approach offers lessons in finding solutions in the unlikeliest of places. If you can’t beat them, eat them. That is the common wisdom of many scientists, conservationists, and fishermen who dream of ridding the western Atlantic of invasive lionfish, a stunning aquarium fish that, when introduced in the wild, dominates and destroys reef ecosystems. However, catching lionfish has never been simple; they are not easily targeted by line or net fishing. Now, a surprising new invention may bring lionfish hunting to the...
  • Mass child sacrifice discovery may be largest in Peru

    08/28/2019 2:04:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 Aug 2019
    Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed what is believed to be the largest single mass child sacrifice in history. The bodies of 227 victims, aged between five and 14, were found near the coastal town of Huanchaco, north of Peru's capital Lima. The children were believed to have been sacrificed over 500 years ago. The discovery comes barely a year after 200 child victims of human sacrifice were found at two other sites in the country. Archaeologists told AFP news agency that some of the bodies in this latest collection still had hair and skin when they were dug up. The...
  • Remains of 250 sacrificed children found in Peru

    (CNN) — Archeologists in Peru have uncovered the remains of around 250 children sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimú civilization. The remains are of children aged 4-12 years old, as well as 40 warriors, sacrificed between the 13th and 15th centuries, according to a video from Peruvian state media agency Andina. The Chimú civilization inhabited northern Peru before they were conquered by the Inca. They built Chan Chan, the largest city in pre-Columbian South America.
  • Human genetic diversity of South America reveals complex history of Amazonia

    08/04/2019 12:24:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | August 1, 2019 | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
    The vast cultural and linguistic diversity of Latin American countries is still far from being fully represented by genetic surveys. Western South America in particular holds a key role in the history of the continent due to the presence of three major ecogeographic domains (the Andes, the Amazonia, and the Pacific Coast), and for hosting the earliest and largest complex societies... A thorough study, a collaboration between scientists and institutes from Europe, the USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, including geneticists, linguists and anthropologists, has shed new light on the population history of South America... The results confirmed the impact...
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah partnering with communist terror groups in Latin America...

    07/19/2019 8:57:00 PM PDT · by caww · 13 replies
    .washingtonexaminer ^ | 7/19/2019 | by Joel Gehrke
    Iran’s main proxy terrorist group is expanding in Latin America and networking with organized crime and other violent groups, according to U.S. and Argentinean officials. “It matters whether the U.S. can move the dial and thwart Iranian-backed penetration in our backyard,” Toby Dershowitz, a senior vice president at the U.S.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Examiner. "This may be the year that serves as a wake-up call for others in the region impacted adversely by Hezbollah’s malign activities — including but not limited to money laundering and narco-terrorism.” Faurie emphasized that Hezbollah has formed ties with historically...
  • I Agree With This Evil Socialist Dictator

    06/16/2019 3:33:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 16, 2019 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Hugo Chavez was one of the most evil socialist dictators ever. He took the richest country in Latin America, Venezuela, and turned it into a disaster of misery and poverty in only five years. How bad? The people had no food or toilet paper. And critics of Chavez were tortured and murdered. Isn't socialism wonderful? But it gets worse. Just like Fidel Castro, Chavez got filthy rich based on the misery of his own people. His family made billions. Then this evil dictator died of cancer. He turned the country over to his handpicked successor, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro ran the...
  • Rare spect... bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion'

    06/04/2019 8:44:32 PM PDT · by ETL · 52 replies
    Full title: Rare spectacled bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion' Penis poaching of the spectacled bear could result in the species going extinct if demand grows for the special 'sex potion' that people make with its private parts. ..." According to National Geographic, some people in South America claim the 'sex drink' can cure sexual performance problems if it contains just a scraping of a spectacled bear's penis bone. Some people also believe that the beverage can give you the strength of a whole bear if you put the entire penis bone in...
  • Magnitude-8 earthquake strikes Amazon jungle in Peru

    05/26/2019 7:00:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/25/2019
    A large earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 struck the Amazon jungle in north-central Peru early Sunday, the U.S. Geological survey reported, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas. The quake struck at 12:41 a.m. PDT, 47 miles southeast of the village of Lagunas and 57 miles east of the larger town of Yurimaguas. The epicenter was 68 miles below the surface. In a tweet, President Martín Vizcarra called for calm and said that authorities were checking the affected areas. The mayor of Lagunas, Arri Pezo, told local radio station RPP that the quake was felt very...
  • Bodies of dead cows found washed up in Canary Islands’ waters

    04/02/2019 7:00:21 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 40 replies
    Euro Weekly ^ | 2 APRIL 2019 | Sally Underwood
    Bovine carcasses come from ships transporting cattle from South America The bovine bodies come from ships transporting cattle from South America which throw the corpses of animals overboard if they die during transit. The cadavers may have been thrown from the Polaris 2, a cattle ship operating under a Panamanian flag... Such a move “is prohibited by international law”, the general director of livestock... In 2016, the Polaris 2 had to request to dock in the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife after it ran out of food for the animals. A veterinary inspection also forced the slaughter of 300...
  • Evidence from Chile Supports Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Hypothesis

    03/29/2019 6:18:08 AM PDT · by vannrox · 21 replies
    science news ^ | 20mar19 | Editorial staff
    The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis, also known as Clovis comet hypothesis, posits that the hemisphere-wide debris field of a large, disintegrating asteroid (or comet) struck North America, South America, Europe, and western Asia approximately 12,800 years ago. This event triggered extensive biomass burning, brief impact winter, climate change, and contributed to extinctions of late Pleistocene megafauna. Controversial from the time it was proposed, this hypothesis continues to be contested by those who prefer to attribute the end-Pleistocene reversal in (global) warming entirely to terrestrial causes. Now, University of California, Santa Barbara’s Professor James Kennett and co-authors present further geologic and...
  • President Bolsonaro says Brazil 'liberated from Socialism' at inaugural ceremony

    01/01/2019 1:54:26 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    France24 ^ | Jan 2019
    President Jair Bolsonaro said in his address to the nation on Tuesday that Latin America’s most populous country has now been "liberated from socialism and political correctness". He promised to combat the "ideology of gender" teaching in schools, "respect our Judeo-Christian tradition" and "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy". Notable foreign leaders attending the inauguration include Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Israel's hawkish premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who has hailed a budding "brotherhood" with Brazil's new leader. Leftist Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba, deemed dictators by Bolsonaro,...
  • World’s oldest chocolate was made 5300 years ago—in a South American rainforest

    11/04/2018 12:35:57 PM PST · by ETL · 40 replies ^ | Oct 29, 2018 | Colin Barras
    Our love affair with chocolate is much older than we thought, and newly discovered traces of cocoa on ancient pots suggest it started in the rainforests of what is now Ecuador some 5300 years ago. That’s nearly 1500 years older than earlier evidence, and it shifts the nexus of cocoa production from Central America to the upper Amazon. “This is an incredibly strong demonstration,” says Rosemary Joyce, an archaeologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the new study. “It puts to rest any lingering claims that the use of [cocoa] pods … was an invention...
  • Brazilian Elections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (Barf alert)

    10/10/2018 9:03:06 AM PDT · by grasshopper2 · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 7, 2018 | Last Week Tonight [bad language alert] Brazil is about to elect a new president during a turbulent period of political corruption and economic uncertainty. John Oliver urges the people of Brazil not to figuratively [deleted] their democracy.
  • Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Language

    10/08/2018 6:15:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    SpanishDict. ^ | Columbus Day | Nicole B.
    In the U.S., today is "Columbus Day". Not much is done to celebrate it, although most schools and government jobs have the day off. It occurred to me that in part, it is due to Spain and Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus and the discoveries of the New World that has led most of us to even be interested in this site. Just think of how many millions of people speak Spanish now around the world as a result of this discovery. When you think of most of the continent of South America, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic,...