Across the globe, ordinary people have stumbled across countless discoveries ranging from valuable ancient artifacts, to objects that at first appear to be nothing important, and turn out to be a history changer.
The story of Jose Antonio Nievas is precisely that—a true history changer.
Jose Antonio Nievas—a farmer from Argentina—stubmeled across an object that at first seemed as a massive stone or a giant dinosaur egg with a weight of around two tons.
To the surprise of the discoverer, the objects wasn’t a stone, but the shell of an ancient animal which grew to a size of a small automobile.
Speaking to AFP, Reina Coronel wife of Jose Antonio Nievas said:
“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,” she said.
“We all laughed because we thought it was a joke.”
In an interview with television channel Todo Noticias, Nievas found the massive shell partially covered in mud and decided to clear it up.
The news of the discovery quickly spread across the world and caught the interest of numerous experts who concluded that the object found by Mr. Nievas was most likely a glyptodont shell.
“There is no doubt that it looks like a glyptodont,” said paleontologist Alejandro Kramarz of the Bernadino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum.
“The animal became extinct thousands of years ago and it is very common to find their fossils in this region,” he told AFP.
Glyptodonts are the ancestor of modern-day Armadillos. These ancient animals grew very large in size and had a shell that could easily weigh up to a ton.
According to Earth Touch News, these strange mammals evolved in South America over 18 million years ago, back when the continent was an island separated from other landmasses. This isolation led to the evolution of not just the glyptodonts, but also other oddities, like giant sloths, terror birds and more.
These ancient animals inhabited various regions in South America for tens of millions of years.
Interestingly, experts estimate that the shell found by Mr. Nievas was relatively young, with an approximate age of 10,000 years. Glyptodonts became extinct at the end of the last ice age along with a large number of other megafaunal species, including pampatheres, the giant ground sloths, and the Macrauchenia.
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Featured image: A remains near a glyptodont shell found in Carlos Spegazzini, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. AFP PHOTO/EITAN ABRAMOVICH