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Out of the oil emerges Venezuela’s ‘Jurassic (Update, w/ Images)

Sep 05, 2013 by Isabel Sánchez

Venezuelan Ascanio Rincon shows the of a glyptodont found in Venezuela, in on August, 30, 2013. Under the rich soil lies than oil: paleontologists found traces of an armadillo the of a Volkswagen, a crocodile bigger a bus, a mastodon of six tonnes and a tiger. Now, they after the human fossil.

the rich Venezuelan soil, have found treasures the bountiful oil: a giant the size of a Volkswagen, a crocodile than a bus and a saber-toothed tiger.

Oil surveys of the soil have a trove of fossils dating 14,000 to 370 million years

Many of the 12,000 recorded from different eras are now in a tiny office of the Venezuelan for Scientific Research.

A strong of oil fills the room as Ascania opens the drawer of a filing to reveal the tar-stained femur of a six-ton mastodon from years ago at the end of the Ice Age.

Unfazed by the of the finds already made, the of the institute’s Laboratory of Paleontology is on realizing his next goal: human fossils for proof of human life in the area.

We are You have to keep exploring the We have already found he told AFP. What’s is reliable indication that man the megafauna that we are finding. And are human fossils.

Located in northern South Venezuela has a complex geological that leaves it swimming in oil teeming with life from so very long

Venezuelan paleontologist Ascanio shows bones of phehistoric found in Venezuela, in Caracas on 30, 2013. Under the Venezuelan soil lies more oil: paleontologists have traces of an armadillo the size of a a crocodile bigger than a a mastodon of six tonnes and a saber-toothed

Most of the fossils are concentrated in a area north of the Orinoco where the Atlantic Ocean 200 million years ago, the explained.

About eight years ago, the Orinoco was followed by the Isthmus of Panama (or of Darien, which links and South America) about to five million years

The fossils found during the include a featherless chicken looked like an iguana, a (10-foot) pelican and giant that lived on land 12 year ago, unlike modern relatives living in the

But it can take years to prepare a for classification. Experts needed years after its discovery to a saber-toothed tiger, a darling of the dubbed Homotherium venezuelensis.

paleontologist Ascanio Rincon bones of phehistoric animals in Venezuela, in Caracas on August, 30, Under the Venezuelan rich lies more than paleontologists have found of an armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a bigger than a bus, a of six tonnes and a saber-toothed tiger.

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Once a fossil is found, must remove the sediment, it, wash it and carefully compare it to specimens.

In September, the institute to announce the discovery in a remote of the country of a new species, Rincon proudly, without revealing the surprise.

Imagine a puzzle of pieces and you have 200 pieces you are to interpret and draw a conclusion might contribute something to he said.

Rincon’s laboratory, with only five has state and private support but the logistical and technological resources of operations in other countries.

Venezuelan paleontologist Ascanio shows a jaw of a phehistoric animal in Venezuela, in Caracas on August, 30, Under the Venezuelan rich lies more than paleontologists have found of an armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a bigger than a bus, a of six tonnes and a saber-toothed tiger.

His finds in paleontology a mission to awareness of what was on the planet of years ago and encourage people to for the Earth today.

We are destroying little is left of the forests, deserts; we are destroying our ecosystems and extinction, said Rincon.


The who knew he wanted to be a paleontologist he was eight years old, the younger generations to take up the

Paleontology is fun. It seems it has no use, but it has economic implications. a fossil record, we can determine the age of an oil he said.

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