Titanosaur dinosaur infected by parasites


An illustration of the titanosaur with open wounds caused by parasites. Hugo Cafasso

From New Scientist:

Ancient parasites in a titanosaur’s bones made it look like a zombie

20 November 2020

By Joshua Rapp Learn

Some of the oldest evidence of bone disease may have been caused by tiny 83-million-year-old parasites infecting a titanosaur, which are among the largest land animals that ever lived. This is the first discovery of parasites in a dinosaur bone.

“It’s a new kind of parasite,” says Aline Ghilardi at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. “We don’t have anything similar to it.”

This fossilised parasite was seen in a sample from a dwarf titanosaur.

Chilean government, free political prisoners


This 22 November 2920 video says about itself:

Chile protesters call on the government to release political prisoners

Demonstrations are taking place across Chile as the families of nearly 700 young men under preventive detention or house arrest spearhead a nationwide campaign on behalf of those they consider political prisoners.

They are demanding the release of people arrested during protests for social reform over the past year.

The government is under strong pressure to grant a complete amnesty for protesters

But President Sebastian Pinera is saying that under no circumstances will he consider doing so.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago, Chile.