Carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), by Calimecita
To continue our Featured User blog posts, we’re delighted this week to highlight an amazing member of our community, Cecilia, aka Calimecita.
Cecilia/Calimecita was born in Argentina, and although she’s always lived there, her Welsh and Scottish ancestors triggered her interest in the English language she learned as a child. Yahoo! Answers has been a great place to practice her English skills. In this series of posts, she’ll tell you about her country, her remarkable job as a mammalogist and of course her passion for Yahoo! Answers!
Ready to enter Cali-world?
Mar del Plata, by Calimecita
“The small town where I live–City Bell–is near La Plata, one of the major Argentine cities. City Bell is a peaceful suburban place, with detached houses and large gardens, where everyone keeps pets and people still greet their neighbors when they pass each other on the street.
“I work at the Natural History Museum of La Plata, a neoclassical building with impressive collections, especially those of fossils, archaeological materials, and mammals. “The museum building has several structural problems, from plumbing to security to electricity, and it’s too crowded for comfort, but I still love the place.
Sea Lion by Calimecita
“I’m a biologist. Specifically I’m a mammalogist, so I study mammals. I’m currently in the last stages of my doctoral thesis thanks to a scholarship from the local university, so hopefully next year I’ll be Doctor Cali!
“I study the digging specializations of the tuco-tucos, a family of subterranean rodents that are native to
“Basically, what I do is compare them with other species to gather data about their morphological similarities and differences. This, together with other sources of information including fossils, helps to understand their evolutionary history.
“There’s no fixed routine at work; sometimes I’m reading and writing, analyzing the data, etc. To obtain my data, I examine and measure their bones and muscles, which are quite different from ours. Tuco-tucos are specialized diggers, and they have very strong forelimbs with long claws and powerful muscles. If we had arms like that, we’d all look like super-super-heroes and we’d be able to dig our own homes!“Workwise, I also teach in the Vertebrates course at the local Faculty where I am a graduate teaching assistant, and a basic Ecology course.”
In the next post we’ll look at her interests and hobbies, and learn what she likes the most on Yahoo! Answers.
- What is a zoologist?
- Do all mammals have hair?
- Do you think science will ever bring back the Woolly Mammoth from extinction?
- Do elephants have toenails?
- What is the difference between a moth and butterfly?
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