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Argentina: Fishermen discover over 10,000-year-old glyptodon shell in Ezeiza02:48

Argentina: Fishermen discover over 10,000-year-old glyptodon shell in Ezeiza

Argentina, Ezeiza
October 1, 2019 at 00:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of young fishermen discovered a glyptodon shell believed to be over 10,000 years old in Barrio La Flecha, in Ezeiza of Greater Buenos Aires on Monday. It is the second shell of the extinct creature to have been discovered in the area, the other having been found in 2015.

Imanol Ojeda said he was fishing in the Alegre creek when he discovered the object in the sand, so he started cleaning around it with a knife and found out it was a shell.

His friend, Rodolfo Cuenca, said the fact that such a historically precious item was found near his home makes him "feel proud to be here."

Oscar Vique from the Marcos Paz Paleontological Reserve emphasised that the shell remained 98 percent intact, making it a “very well-preserved specimen."

Glyptodons are the prehistoric ancestors of today's armadillos found across Latin America. The mammal, nicknamed the giant armadillo, measured up to 3.3 metres (10.8 feet) in length and weighed up to 2 tons (4,409.25 lbs). Its hard armour was made from bony deposits in the skin and was used as a defence against predators at the time. It was made extinct at the end of the last Ice Age during the Quaternary period, about 10,000 years ago.

Argentina: Fishermen discover over 10,000-year-old glyptodon shell in Ezeiza02:48
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A group of young fishermen discovered a glyptodon shell believed to be over 10,000 years old in Barrio La Flecha, in Ezeiza of Greater Buenos Aires on Monday. It is the second shell of the extinct creature to have been discovered in the area, the other having been found in 2015.

Imanol Ojeda said he was fishing in the Alegre creek when he discovered the object in the sand, so he started cleaning around it with a knife and found out it was a shell.

His friend, Rodolfo Cuenca, said the fact that such a historically precious item was found near his home makes him "feel proud to be here."

Oscar Vique from the Marcos Paz Paleontological Reserve emphasised that the shell remained 98 percent intact, making it a “very well-preserved specimen."

Glyptodons are the prehistoric ancestors of today's armadillos found across Latin America. The mammal, nicknamed the giant armadillo, measured up to 3.3 metres (10.8 feet) in length and weighed up to 2 tons (4,409.25 lbs). Its hard armour was made from bony deposits in the skin and was used as a defence against predators at the time. It was made extinct at the end of the last Ice Age during the Quaternary period, about 10,000 years ago.

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