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When we came home to our birthplace we thought we were superior beings

As referred to in some of my previous blogs, the supercontinent which has been named Gondwana existed from the Neoproterozoic (about 550 million years ago) until the Jurassic (about 180 million years ago). The remnants of Gondwana make up about … Continue reading

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Arsenic contamination of groundwater, focussing mostly on Argentina and Chile

During the 130 million years that the South American continent was moving away from Africa, pushed by the continual movement of tectonic plate action, a number of extreme events occurred to the Earth’s crust. The landmass was ever changing, and … Continue reading

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Wildlife of Africa and the links to wildlife of South America

When South America split from Africa (see previous blog) it became, for much of the past 130 million years, an island continent, and on it organisms evolved in “splendid isolation.” Mammals, especially, evolved into forms not seen anywhere else. The … Continue reading

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Southern Gondwana and the formation of South America and South Africa

As Gondwana was the parent landmass of South America, I am going to spend a while studying the geology in this blog, then the life forms, in further blogs, which existed until the present day in South Africa and on … Continue reading

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The Jaguar of the Americas and implications for its origins: part two

Nature dominates and rules our lives. No matter how much material wealth we may have, we cannot buy Nature and all its myriad of miracles. We do try to emulate Nature and today we call this study Biomimetics. Wikipedia re: … Continue reading

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The Jaguar of the Americas and implications for its origins: Part one 

Panthera onca is a genus within the Felidae family that was named and first described by the German naturalist Lorenz Oken in 1816. The British taxonomist Pocock revised the classification of this genus in 1916 as comprising the species lion, … Continue reading

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The Sacred Condor

The magnificent Condor is a familiar and respected scavenger bird which flies over the Americas. Condors are part of the family Cathartidae which contains the New World vultures. The Andean Condor‭ (‬Vultur gryphus‭)‬,‭ ‬is thought to possibly be the most … Continue reading

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