Jose farm is located in Buenos Aires which is around 25 miles north of the city and definitely not a remote location. But what Jose happened to see there was something that surely is not from this world; surely not how we know it today.
While strolling Jose came to see a huge black egg like structure on the river bed and astonished and surprised he rushed back to his home to share the news with his family members.
“My husband went out to the car and when he came back he said, ‘Hey, I just found an egg that looks like it came from a dinosaur,’” said Jose’s wife, Reina Coronel, in an interview. “We all laughed because we thought it was a joke.”
At first, when Jose saw the object he was not sure about its size because of was all covered in mud. But, as soon as he dug the mud aside he got to see a whole 3 feet wide round structure which was surely much bigger than a dinosaur’s egg.
It was kind off a shell of some Ice Age animal that has definitely become instinct today.
Later it was revealed that the shell belonged to a “Glyptodon” who is a genus belonging to armadillo family. It was 10000 years back when these Volkswagen beetle sized animals who almost weighed the same were found in the South American Island in abundance. The Fossil records give this data.
No two Glyptodon shells are alike, just like the fingerprints of humans. And the one Jose found was in a great condition which is really surprising.
Some similar fossils are found in many parts of South America which include Uruguay and Brazil. The shell was an armor which was a great help for the herbivore animal to defend from any attack.
The Glyptodon is known to have a really strong tail which indicates the fight for the survival. It was then a weapon to survive the jungle and was so powerful that it would crush the opponents shell.
Made out of roughly 100 bony plates the shell covered their backs. This animal has stout vertebrae, stout legs and broad shoulder that make them able to carry the weight.
They are often compared with turtles but as per the scientist, it is coincident that the two animals resemble each other. Both the animals have the same development history. Though the Glyptodons were not able to hide their shells in the shell like turtles do; they had a strong bone cap that worked as a helmet.
The shell found by Jose has a damaged part and the scientists are of the say that this could be because of a battle with another animal of same species.
The species are known to grow six feet in size and if compared the shell which was found could be a bay or a maturing adult.
Amidst the argument about the finding being legitimate or not the statement explains it all; “It would be an ingenious hoaxer who would construct such a thing,” said Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum in London in an interview.
The shell that Jose found was a little green which could be due to the exposure to water, sun, mud and many other things.
The hole in the shell is what interests the scientist the most as the shell have a separate hole for head and tail. Also, the hole doesn’t look like to be a result of any fight. The scientists think it is a damage which is caused in recent time.
The Glyptodons are no more to be found as they perished with the end of the Ice Age and the shell too must have been perished at the same time.
The findings sound like a hi-tech sci-fi movie animal but the real world implications make it more interesting.
It leaves a sign that there are much more things to discover under the earth’s crust which states the history.
So if you too have a farm and are keen to explore the wilderness just keep your eyes open. You never know when you could see something interesting.
The science and nature both are truly unpredictable and you never know what is waiting to be revealed next.
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