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Fully intact dinosaur neck so rare, two years spent to build road in Spain before it can be removed

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Paleontologists have extracted an intact neck of a Sauropod, which they estimate to be 68 million years old, from a dig located in the Pyrenees, Archaeology New Network reports.

Measuring at over 18 feet long and weighing approximately 5,500 pounds , investigators heralded the find — nicknamed ‘Momia’ — due to the condition and position in which it was found. According to the paleontologists, the 7 to 8 vertebrae in the neck are in an anatomically connected state, meaning that they are in the same position as when the animal was alive 68 million years ago

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Angel Galobart of the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont noted the importance of the find, saying, “This finding has a triple importance to us: scientifically – we have a skeleton that is in anatomical connection and that can provide us with valuable information; informational – we hope that once ready it will be an exhibition element of the first order at the Museo de la Conca Dellà; and lastly –historical value – because this excavation is the culmination of some projects that began almost 60 years ago.”

Located at the remote Oracu-1 site which has been in operation since the 1950’s, extractions did not begin until the 80’s due to economic issues.

The operation to excavate and transport Momia took almost five hours to complete, requiring the use of a backhoe and the creation of a road in order to get to the exact location where the fossil was buried, before being transported to the town of Isona and Conca in Catalonia.


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‘Dirty’ Jared Kushner should be targeted if GOP makes impeachment trial about Bidens: strategist

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President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants Senate Republicans to turn his impeachment trial around on Democrats by actually making it a trial of the Biden family.

The president on Thursday signaled that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify at his impeachment trial in an effort to make the trial less about his own misconduct and more about purported misconduct by the Democrats.

However, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg on Thursday proposed a plan to counter this kind of misdirection: Going after Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose shady dealings with world leaders have so far escaped significant scrutiny.

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Democrats crippled their own impeachment effort with a rushed timeline: columnist

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House Democrats made a conscious decision to keep impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as short and efficient as possible. On one hand, they had sensible reasons for wanting to do so — they were concerned that a protracted impeachment battle that drags into the 2020 election would lose engagement with the American people and draw criticism for attempting to interfere with the election.

But Thursday, NBC News analyst Kurt Bardella argued that Democrats may also have caused problems for themselves by making the impeachment process too short and setting arbitrary deadlines.

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GOP now stands for ‘Gang of Putin’: Conservative slams Republican ‘affinity’ for Russian president

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For aging Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers who are old enough to remember the Cold War, the admiration that the alt-right has for Russian President Vladimir Putin — a former KGB agent — is quite ironic. And that irony isn’t lost on conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who is highly critical of President Donald Trump’s pro-Putin outlook in his December 4 column.

Boot, now 50, was born in Moscow on September 12, 1969 — back when Moscow was still part of the Soviet Union. But he was still a kid when his parents fled the Soviet Union and moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up. The Soviet Union ceased to exist in the early 1990s, and Putin is a right-wing authoritarian — not a communist. Boot, however, emphasizes in his column that Russia is still no friend of the United States.

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