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here. No wonder some people are angry that the dinosaur bones have been whisked away. A dinosaur museum might have brought fresh hope, a solid place on the map. Charlie takes me out to meet the fellow who found the fossil. Daniel Eseisa, quiet and pleas ant faced, is one of four local men who call themselves los perros del desierto-the dogs of the desert. They ride out into the badlands on their brightly colored dirt bikes on weekends and during the cool evenings. "We are always looking for strange things," says Eseisa. We sit in the courtyard of the house of his brother-in-law, Carlos Parada, a local UNCOVERING PATAGONIA'S LOST WORLD businessman and the family patriarch. Senora Eseisa comes out of the house with a mate gourd and a kettle of hot water, and while the gourd makes the rounds, Eseisa tells his story. One morning in August he was riding alone in the hills east of town when he saw a large bone sticking out of the ground. Then he found another. And another. He raced back to share his discovery with his family. Wisely they called Rodolfo Coria. He came straight to Rinc6n and saw immediately that it was a ti tanosaur. It wasn't until November, however, that he could return to excavate. Meanwhile, the Paradas kept the location a family secret.