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A fossilized skeleton of an ancient crocodile-like organism that lived in what’s now Brazil.
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy
Q&A: Paleontology’s Colonial Legacy

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

Archaeologist and paleontologist Juan Carlos Cisneros tells The Scientist that researchers frequently fail to involve local groups—and sometimes violate laws—when studying Latin American fossils.

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Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks
Chloe Tenn | Dec 23, 2021 | 5 min read
Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.
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Scientists Face a Third Round of Charges by Mexican Government
Chloe Tenn | Oct 15, 2021 | 2 min read
Nearly three dozen of Mexico’s leading researchers are being accused of money laundering, embezzlement, and organized crime, a move other academics say is politically motivated.
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Prominent Plant Geneticist Accused of Sexual Harassment
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Female scientists in Mexico have filed at least four formal complaints alleging abuse by Jean-Philippe Vielle Calzada of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.
Mexican Senate Votes to Cut Research Funding, Disaster Relief
Lisa Winter | Oct 22, 2020 | 2 min read
Government leaders claim the reductions are necessary to free up assets to deal with COVID-19 and address corruption in research.
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Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Apr 7, 2020 | 8 min read
The crania of individuals who lived in the Yucatán Peninsula during the late Pleistocene show a high degree of anatomical diversity among them, and their skull shapes differ from that of other North American populations of the time.
Monarchs Covered 53 Percent Less Area in Mexico this Winter
Ashley Yeager | Mar 16, 2020 | 2 min read
The decline in total occupied forest may not equate to an overall loss in butterfly numbers, but scientists are still concerned that their populations are suffering.
Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Defender Found Dead
Ashley Yeager | Jan 30, 2020 | 2 min read
Details of Homero Gómez González’s death are not yet known.
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Swamped by Sargassum: The New Normal for Caribbean Beaches
Kerry Grens | Jul 15, 2019 | 5 min read
Scientists are pretty sure they know where the seaweed is coming from. Now they want to know why it’s here.
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Mexican President Eases Up on Researchers’ Travel Rules
Emma Yasinski | Jul 5, 2019 | 3 min read
Scientists won’t need Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s approval to attend meetings internationally, but researchers continue to struggle amidst budget cuts.
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Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019 | 4 min read
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.
Eastern Monarchs Flourish While Western Numbers Plunge
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 8, 2019 | 2 min read
In the last year, the butterfly’s eastern group has more than doubled its hibernation area while the other population waned. Plus, researchers are moving trees to save monarch habitat.
Image of the Day: Slimy Business
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 13, 2018 | 1 min read
A new study reports finding corn species in Mexico that can trap nitrogen.
Texas Stem Cell Law Opens Door for Controversial Treatments
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 27, 2018 | 7 min read
The Scientist looks at one such Houston-based purveyor that has been treating patients abroad for years with mesenchymal stem cells.
First Dengue Vax Approved
Kerry Grens | Dec 11, 2015 | 2 min read
Mexico’s health ministry has OKed the vaccine for people between nine and 45 years old.
Diversity in Mexico
Jef Akst | Jun 16, 2014 | 2 min read
A genomic survey of Mexicans reveals a wealth of diversity in North America’s southernmost land.
Stem-Cell Clinic Moves to Mexico
Dan Cossins | Feb 1, 2013 | 1 min read
A company offering experimental stem-cell treatments will carry out its procedures in Mexico after the FDA warned that it would need approval to operate in the U.S.
 
The Spoils of War
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2013 | 4 min read
Researchers read the marks of intense warfare and conquest in the genes of ancient native North Americans.
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