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French Paleontologists Discover Thigh Bone of Giant Dinosaur in France

"These are animals that probably weighed 40 to 50 tons"

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A man inspects the femur of a Sauropod after it was discovered earlier in the week during excavations at the palaeontological site of Angeac-Charente, France, July 25, 2019. VOA

The thigh bone of a giant dinosaur was found this week by French paleontologists at an excavation site in southwestern France where remains of some of the largest animals that ever lived on land have been dug up since 2010.

The two-meter long femur at the Angeac-Charente site is thought to have belonged to a sauropod, herbivorous dinosaurs with long necks and tails which were widespread in the late Jurassic era, over 140 million years ago. “This is a major discovery,” Ronan Allain, a paleontologist at the National History Museum of Paris told Reuters. “I was especially amazed by the state of preservation of that femur.”

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“These are animals that probably weighed 40 to 50 tons,” he said. Allain said scientists at the site near the city of Cognac have found more than 7,500 fossils of more than 40 different species since 2010, making it one of the largest such finds in Europe. (VOA)

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France to Block Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: Report

The development of the Libra has raised grave concerns among lawmakers over how it will be regulated

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Representations of virtual currency are displayed in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture. VOA

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Thursday said the country cannot authorise the development of Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency on European soil as it threatens the “monetary sovereignty” of governments.

Le Maire also cited the potential for abuse of market dominance as well as systemic financial risks as the reason why the cryptocurrency cannot operate in Europe, Sputnik news agency reported.

“All these concerns about Libra are serious. I therefore want to say with plenty of clarity: in these conditions we cannot authorise the development of Libra on European soil,” Le Maire was quoted as saying at the opening of an OECD conference on virtual, cryptocurrencies.

Facebook announced its intentions to launch the digital coin in June. The new cryptocurrency is designed to assist billions of its social media users in conducting international transactions.

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The digital coin will be operated by Facebook along with 28 partners, including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Uber, Lyft, and Spotify.

The development of the Libra has raised grave concerns among lawmakers over how it will be regulated.

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Earlier this month, a member of the board of the European Central Bank (ECB) cautioned that the Libra virtual currency could under certain circumstances negatively affect the bank’s ability to regulate the euro and the single market. (IANS)