Mother Nature offers us really incredible things. Today, we continue to discover fossils and other evidence that our planet has been producing impressive wonders for billions of years.
So, when a farmer in Argentina found what looked like a dinosaur egg, it would not have been It was quite surprising if it really had been that. But the reality was completely shocking.
Jose Antonio Nievas did not think he would make history when he decided to go for a walk around the farm of his family in Argentina on Christmas Day 2015, but the destination had other ideas.
The farm is not in a very remote location, only 40 kilometers north of Buenos Aires. But still, what Jose found did not seem to belong to the world as we know it today.
Jose found what looked like a giant black egg near the riverbed. It was so big and unusual, that he immediately went home to tell his family.
"My husband left with the car and when he returned he said, 'I have found an egg that looks like a dinosaur,' "says Jose's wife, Queen Colonel, in an interview. "We all laughed because we thought it was a joke."
At first it was not clear how big it was because it was completely covered in mud. When Jose started digging around, it began to reveal the true size.
It was about 1 meter in diameter, so it was too big to be a dinosaur egg … or anything else.
It was actually a kind of shell, or armor of some animal that lived during the Ice Age.
The shell belonged to a Glyptodon, genus of a large mammal of the armadillo family. More than 10,000 years ago, in South America lived these creatures that, according to the fossil documents, look like a Volkswagen Beetle and weighs the same more or less.
Surprisingly, the shell that Jose found was in perfect condition, which is very strange after so many years. Like the fingerprints, there are no two identical Glyptodon shells, each one has a different pattern.
The Glyptodones they were herbivores, so their armor helped protect them from predators. Fossils of other similar species have been found in other parts of South America, such as Uruguay and Brazil.
Each Glyptodon has an armed tail, which paleontologists believe to be a sign that they fought among themselves. They were so strong, they could break the shells of their opponents.
The shells of the Glyptodons are made of approximately 1,000 bony plates, These animals had huge shoulders, strong legs and joined vertebrae that helped him carry all that weight.