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A team of archaeologists has discovered 12 graves and pre-Columbian earthen enclosures at the archaeological site of Qata Ccasapata Llacta in Cusco. Seven of the graves have been perfectly preserved, while others have been looted.

The site is thought to have been a village for those serving the Inca elite or as a place of worship. However, the Qata Ccasapata Llacta - a Quechua phrase meaning "Village at the summit where it is cold" - dates back to the Killke culture in 12th century A.D.

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Researchers from the Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of California, Berkeley have recently described three new species of high-elevation frogs from Peru. These new frog species we found in the cloud forests north of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, Manu National Park and the upper Marcapata valley.

Unlike most other amphibian species, these three species have no tadpoles; the eggs hatch into froglets.

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Scientists from Oxford University, London Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution have found more than 40 previously unidentified species in Papua New Guinea! In a rainforest currently being destroyed at a rate of 3.5% each year, this volcanic crater is a lost world is populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures.

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British researchers from the University of Southampton have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands.

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There is so much left to be discovered in our world, and science has just released two exciting findings relating to the Amazon River and its surrounding rainforest!

Amazon River 11 Million Years Old:

Geologists studying boreholes in the sediment at the mouth of the Amazon River say the river took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago. LEARN MORE

New Sub-Species of Monkey Found in Brazilian Amazon:

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Guests on the April 17 Galapagos Voyage witnessed one of nature's most extraordinary fireworks displays - a volcanic eruption! And while the eruption on Fernandina Island has garnered international news coverage, IE guest Dale Ghent captured these images and the emotion behind this sight perfectly.

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