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In search of the lost crocodile

A Santafesino is part of a team looking for an ancestor of crocodiles. The expedition will be in the middle of the Venezuelan jungle, in the mythical Orinoco Delta.

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A  Santa Fe researcher, a member of the Ministry of Environment and  CONICET , will be part of a special team that seeks to find a missing link: a predecessor of two types of crocodiles in the giant  of the  t  to  the Orinoco.

In Venezuela, this team led by a Mexican specialist, will have the purpose of  finding the ancestor  of the Orinoco alligator and the American crocodile. They received a scholarship from the National Geographic Society to fulfill this task, which will require delicate fieldwork.

 Pablo Ariel Siroski  has a doctor in Veterinary Sciences and has long studied  Yacarés  . Having become a specialist, he managed to integrate this elite team, composed of researchers from Mexico, Spain, Panama and Argentina.

The Orinoco River Delta is known worldwide for its forty thousand square kilometers of surface, in which its gigantically wide river forms, around, dense forests and wooded streams. There, a tribe called the Waraos still persists, with whom, for the members of the expedition, it will be very important to establish a fruitful relationship, because they will need guidance to be able to work at night. Waraos sleep on the river, in  palafitic houses .

Not less: these ancestors of  crocodiles , if they are found,  can measure more than four meters . Quite an adventure that these specialists have ahead.

Soon, Santa Fe will surely have a person who will arrive with anecdotes and unique stories, brought from the very heart of the Venezuelan jungle. In addition, of course, to have contributed to valuable international research.

Publication Date: 28/02/2020

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