What would you do when you accidentally found something in your farm that actually belongs to the pre-historic years? Will you call the authorities or you'd rather inspect and admire its beauty?
A farmer in Argentina named Antonio Nievas was just tending to his land when he accidentally stumbled upon a huge shell. The huge shell was located down on a land. Nievas initially thought that the shell was just an egg but when he took a closer look at it, he realized that it was a prehistoric shell!
The shell that was about a meter long and was black and scaly was inspected by the experts and the authorities.
The strange discovery captured the scientists' attention and even the media were attracted and interested in the shell. A lot of people were curious about its origins!
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Nievas farm has then transformed into a geological site and after a thorough investigation, they found out that the shell that he discovered was actually a prehistoric fossil!
The huge shell was fossilized remains of a Glyptodont. This prehistoric creature is believed to be an ancient ancestor to the modern-day armadillo. Glyptodonts are known as creatures who can grow as large as three meters long!
The experts were ecstatic by what the farmer has found. A historian named Adrian Lister who works for the National History Museum of London stated:
"I think it is quite like this is genuine. The shell looks like a genuine glyptodont shell, and the whole is "wear and tear", not where the head or tail went."
Another expert from the Bernardino Rivadiva Natural Sciences Museum said:
"There is no doubt that it looks like a glyptodont."
Dr. Ross MacPhee from the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Mammalogy said: "It looks real enough. Complete shells are rarely found, but they do occur."
Meanwhile, Dr. Bill Sellers from the University of Manchester was a bit skeptical but still, he had hopes that it belongs to a Glyptodont. He said:
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"The wear and tear is just what you'd expect. Glyptodonts aren't so old, as they're from the Pleistocene, so you can get really excellent preservation."
"However, on the other hand, it is a little bit small. The carapace is supposed to be about two meters long but I guess there must have been juveniles and I expect there were some relatively small individuals, too."
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