Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they've been icons in South America for millennia

Llama toys, therapy lamas, petting zoo llamas: llamas are hot in the US, surpassing unicorns in popularity, but their relationship with South American people stretches over 7,000 years.

Emily Wakild, Professor of History and Director, Environmental Studies Program, Boise State University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Big-eyed birds need gloom, not bright human landscapes

Brighter areas, such as agricultural land, aren't hospitable to big-eyed birds, research finds. The study links the size of bird eyes, habitat, and foraging style.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Inca llama shell offering found at bottom of Lake Titicaca

The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Lake Titicaca giant frog: Scientists join forces to save species

International scientific institutions are teaming up to save the world's largest aquatic amphibian.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 27, 2020 ~3 min

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Gold rush, mercury legacy: Small-scale mining for gold has produced long-lasting toxic pollution, from 1860s California to modern Peru

Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.

Jasmine Parham, Ph.D. Student in Biology, Duke University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~10 min

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How archaeologists can dig deeper with big data

Big data could give archaeology a big boost, researchers show with new work on the Inca Empire. But they have some caveats about its power, too.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Man arrested in Peru airport with 20 birds in suitcase

The Belgian traveller was trying to smuggle the protected species from Peru to Spain, officers say.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Jan. 16, 2020 ~1 min

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A bridge made of grass

The annual remaking of the last remaining Inca rope bridge at Q'eswachaka in Peru.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 16, 2019 ~3 min

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Climate change is 'escalator to extinction' for mountain birds

A new study shows that rising temperatures drive the disappearance of mountain-top bird species in Peru.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
Oct. 29, 2018 ~4 min

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