FARMER FINDS A MASSIVE ‘DINOSAUR EGG’ – TURNS OUT TO BE SOMETHING EVEN CRAZIER
It was a simple walk on his family farm in Argentina on Christmas day, 2015. Little did Jose Antonio Nievas realize that there was one present he hadn’t yet opened. Located 25 miles south of Buenos Aires, this farm was not out in the boonies. Nevertheless, what Jose came across was something that was more alien than earth-like. It was an egg. A giant egg. And it was black.
Jose immediately spun around and went to tell his family. The news was met with uproarious laughter. His wife Reina recalls how the family was in stitches upon hearing Jose’s story about him finding a big black dinosaur egg!
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Since the egg was near a riverbed, buried in mud, it was in fact difficult to tell how big it was.
Then the dig began. About 3 feet wide they determined. This was actually too big to be a dinosaur egg. So what in the world had he stumbled upon?
It turned out it was a shell. The armored shell of a Glyptodon, a member of the armadillo family. This animal lived during the Ice Age!
This means it was over 10,000 years old. South America had a ton of these herbivore animals at the time.
They actually look like Volkswagen Beetles when you look at the fossil records of these animals. Turns out they pretty much weighed the same as a VW bug as well.
This was in fact in excellent condition. Due to how old it was, this kind of condition is extremely rare.
Also, no two shells of these are alike. A Glyptodon shell has its own unique pattern. They are kind of like how fingerprints are.
The shell, or armor, actually helped protect these guys from predators. In Brazil and Uruguay, there have been
fossils from Glyptodon cousins found.
Their tails were armored up as well, and paleontologists credit this to the idea that they must have fought one another.
Very powerful animals. They could crush their opponent’s shell, and the shell is made out of roughly 1,000 bony plates!
Stout legs, huge shoulders, and a fused vertebrae – which helped them to carry all their weight – is what they were known for having. Almost turtle-like in a way.
But the Glyptodon and turtles had different ancestry. Indeed, they did adapt to the environment in a similar fashion though.
While the Glyptodon was not able to tuck its head inside their shell, they did have a bone cap.
This particular shell found by Jose indicates there could have been a battle with another Glyptodon due to the damage it had.
Indeed it was a large shell, but turns out it was probably just a juvenile! The adult Glyptodons can actually get up to six feet in width.
While some found this discovery skeptical, experts have indeed deemed it authentic. It’s the hole in the shell whcih experts are puzzled over.
Upon looking closer they don’t believe it was from a fight, but rather had occurred more recently.
They ended up dying out at the end of the Ice Age which was about 10,000 years ago, so it’s crazy to imagine that indeed there are likely even more fossils buried away somewhere that could still be unearthed!