20,000-year-old shells of ancient Armadillos found by farmer in Argentina

It was said that before human beings existed, various species of gigantic creatures are the ones who roam the earth. This was backed by many fossil findings of these dinosaur species all over the world.

Yet again, another huge discovery concerning a family of these giant species is recently made in Argentina.

According to Daily Mail, a farmer stumbled upon the graveyard containing fossilized shells of four massive Glyptodonts, with the largest being the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.

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First, let us understand, “What are Glyptodonts?”

As defined by Wikipedia, Glyptodonts is an extinct subfamily of large, heavily armored relatives of armadillos. They developed in South America around 20 million years ago and spread to southern North America after the continents became connected several million years ago

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Glyptodonts are the early ancestors of our modern armadillos that lived mostly across North and South America during the Pleistocene epoch. Glyptodonts said to have roamed South America, gradually spreading north over millions of years and finally became extinct 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age.

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The farmer named Juan de Dios Sota made the discovery while taking his cows out to graze near a river. He discovered the remains in a dried-out riverbed near the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. It was also revealed that at first, only two were spotted, but two more were found while paleontologists excavated the site.

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Researchers believe that the remains found in the are that of two adults and two young ones. As for their genders, several more tests may be needed to determine those. It was also determined that the fossils were about 20,000-years-old.

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Additionally, when the creatures were found, they were encased from their head to tail in what seemed like a protective armor just like the shape of the shell of a turtle. This measures 5 feet and is approximately as thick as two inches.

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The evolution of the world is surely amazing and these findings are proof of how wonderful our earth is. May this also be a reminder for everyone to love and care for the earth so that the next generations can still witness its beauty.