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Mystery Explored: Giants of Patagonia
Expedition Dates: December 10 - 24, 2005

Summary:

Patagonia or ‘The Land of the Big Feet’ is, perhaps more than any other place on Earth, home to stories and legends about giants.  Since the 16th century, explorers like Ferdinand Magellan and Sir Francis Drake have told of seeing giants along the Patagonian coast.  Could such stories be true?  According to the Argentine newspaper, El Tribuno, gauchos in the region have filed over twenty sightings in the area since 2000.  I flew throughout Argentina and Chile to investigate an intriguing connection between centuries of historical accounts and an amazing ancient creature known to science as the Mylodon.  Could this creature, long thought extinct and commonly referred to as a giant ground sloth, somehow have survived the epochs and into the present era?  I trekked across the region’s glaciers and descended into prehistoric caves trying to catch sight of the elusive beast and uncover the truth behind the giants of Patagonia.


Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Charlie Jacoby, Journalist & Explorer
Dr. Mario M. Castro
Dr. Pepe A. Perez Gollán
Dr. Susana Bargo
Silvia Aramayo

Locations Visited:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Plata Museum, Argentina
El Calafate, Argentina
Puerto Natales, Chile
Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Delgada, Argentina


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