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BUENOS AIRES: An international research team has discovered new fragments of the Spanish ship La Purisima Concepcion, shipwrecked in 1765 on the coast of the southern Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, officials said.

"The expedition found remains of wood, metal and seven cannonballs," the provincial culture secretary, Sergio Araque, said.

The reconnaissance expedition, all on horseback, was part of the Atlantic Coast Archaeological Programme and covered 200 km of the Tierra del Fuego coastline, from Rio Grande to Cabo San Diego, in search of pre-Columbian sites and artifacts. Read more.

WARREN — A shipwreck that lies half buried in the muck and sand of an Argentinian bay could be the last remains of a whaling vessel that was built in and sailed out of Warren during the waning years of American whaling.

Marine archaeologists from Argentina’s National Institute of Anthropology believe they may have found the remains of the Dolphin, a 110-foot whaling bark built in 1850 by Chace and Davis, a shipbuilding firm in operation between Company and Sisson streets for much of the 19th century.

The wreck is beached along the coast of Argentina at Puerto Madryn in Bahia Nueva (New Bay), 5,900 miles by air from Warren. Parts of it show signs of having been burned and it is partially visible at low tide. Much of the structure above the keel is gone, leaving a section of wreckage about 80 feet long. Read more.

The possible wasp cocoons found inside a fossilized dinosaur egg (coin shown for scale).

Scientists were recently investigating several roughly 70-million-year-old titanosaur eggs found in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Titanosaurs belonged to a group of gigantic plant-eaters that included the heaviest creatures to ever walk the Earth. Titanosaur eggs were similarly large—up to almost 8 inches (20 centimeters) long.

Within one of the broken fossil eggs from Argentina, researchers found eight tiny, sausage-shaped structures about an inch (two to three centimeters) long and nearly a half-inch (just over a centimeter) wide.

The strange structures appear to be fossilized insect cocoons that are similar in size and shape to cocoons belonging to a number of modern wasp species. Read more.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The shipping label said the mailed package contained replicas of Peruvian ceramics. An X-ray machine used by customs agents discovered it really held three skulls and a mummy more than 2,000 years old.

Authorities said Friday that the package was intercepted at Argentina’s central post office, and an Argentine citizen who was waiting for the shipment has been detained as part of an investigation into illegal trading in ancient cultural artifacts.

Officials speculated the package would have been relayed to a museum or a private collector in Europe, where such old bones are in demand because of the blankets and other woven material that surround ancient South American mummies. Read more.