Everything that has ever existed on our planet remains here, whether it’s buried thousands of feet below the ground or it’s decomposed into its surrounding environment. Either way, our world is full of history just waiting to be discovered. Every day someone is still making at least some sort of new discovery, no matter how small. Every once in a while, however, some people make huge discoveries that can change the way we view the Earth as we know it. This is a rare occasion, but it is fascinating. That holds true for one farmer who was just walking around his property one day when he made an incredible discovery. Click through to see what this Argentinian man found on his property!
#18 It Was Just A Normal Day
Jose Antonio Nieva was just walking around his property one day, just like many other days. He owned a large amount of land, so it was common for him to bring his dog along for walks to patrol the area and search for anything out of the ordinary. Most days were normal, but today was very different.
#17 Jose Found Something Incredible
Jose saw a large figure partially buried in the mud that wildly confused him. At first, he was a little scared. What could this strange object be? An alien egg? A monster cave? Or just a normal rock? Jose knew, however, that there was something extraordinary about this particular object, and he was excited to find out what it could be.
#16 He’s From Argentina
Jose lives in an Argentinian suburb, Carlos Spegazzini, which is pretty close to Buenos Aires. Around this area is mostly farmers who own massive amounts of land. Nothing out of the ordinary really happens in this area, so finding such a discovery was definitely a monumental moment for the people of the suburb. But what exactly did he discover?
#15 What He Discovered Was Insane
The way that the object was so perfectly preserved was a little startling to Jose. He was a little to scared to approach it himself, so he had his dog go and investigate. The dog seemed to be just as apprehensive, but he wasn’t too scared to get close and get a sniff. Jose still thought it best to do something else before he took it upon himself to explore.
#14 He Called Authorities
Jose decided the best thing to do first was to call the local authorities to come and check it out. What if there was a body hidden underneath? Or massive amounts of drugs or money? It was best in his eyes to enlist in some police help in order to stay safe. But even the authorities were baffled as to what it might be, so they had a different plan.
#13 Experts Came Into Explore
Instead of getting the police force behind the excavation, they all thought it was best to call some experts. They needed someone with more of a scientific background to come help and decide what this massive object could possibly be. As soon as someone showed up, they were able to have a pretty good guess as to what it might be.
#12 It Was Believed To Be A Shell
They believed it to be a shell of the mammal known as a Glyptodon. Pretty weird, right? A mammal with a shell? But these were animals who once lived in the area, and many fossils of the creatures already exist as evidence to the creatures once dominating the land. Unfortunately, it is an extinct animal.
#11 Indeed, It Was
Once they were able to dig away some of the mud around the object, they could get a better look and really perform the research they needed to determine just exactly what this was. Upon further investigation, they were able to determine more confidently that this had to be the shell of a Glyptodon! But what’s Glyptodon?
#10 It Was The Shell Of A Glyptodon
The Glyptodon was a massive mammal that once dominated the area that Jose lived in. These mammals were basically giant armadillos, as they are in the same family of species. A discovery like this was a truly incredible one! These animals lived during the Pleistocene epoch, meaning they have been extinct for quite some time.
#9 These Were Massive Animals
The size of these animals is roughly the same as a Volkswagon Beetle. It’s pretty lucky for Jose, then, that he discovered just the shell of the animal and not the actual animal inside! These massive animals are actually pretty cute, as they resemble both a turtle and an armadillo, but they’re still big enough to do some damage.
#8 How Was It Preserved So Well?
The biggest question surrounding this discovery, was how was it possible that this shell was preserved so well? Many fossils are dated and worn, and barely have any color left to them. But when you look at this discovery, it’s easy to see that there’s a lot of detail still left in this shell, so some suggest that it might not actually be real.
#7 There Were Skeptics
There were plenty of people who had a hard time believing this shell was actually real. If so, why was it right side up? Most believed that these animals died on their backs, leading people to believe that this was staged. If it was real, they said, it would have been flipped upside down! So, was it real or fake?
#6 Many Thought It Was A Fake
The fact that it was preserved so perfectly and flipped right side up made a lot of people question Jose. But why would he fake such a thing? How would he have the means to replicate such a massive shell? But so much led to it being a hoax, so was it? You’ll never believe what they found next…
#5 But It Was Legit
After more experts and research came through, it was discovered that this shell was an actual shell of the creature! It was so well preserved because of the mud that surrounded the shell. It was either flipped upside down just from moving due to natural reasons, or the animal actually did die right side up.
#4 These Beasts Lived Among Humans
One of the most fascinating parts of these animals was that they were believed to have lived at the same time humans did, with about a 4,000-year cross over! They are believed to have gone extinct both because of climate change, as well as the fact that humans used to hunt them and use their shell for shelter.
#3 At First He Thought It Was An Egg
When Jose first made the discovery, he thought he had a dinosaur shell! He ran back to tell his family right away about his discovery, only to have them laugh at him! Well, who’s laughing now, Jose? Although he didn’t have the excitement of discovering an egg, a shell is a pretty cool discovery in itself for a very important reason…
#2 It Was Still Just As Significant
Jose’s discovery is the best known preserved shell in existence. Although scientists already have access to the fossils and bones of these creatures, Jose’s discovery really gives them something much more significant and preserved for further research. You can see the massive size of the shell in this picture as Jose stands next to it.
#1 A Truly Incredible Discovery
Jose’s discovery was truly an incredible one. He had his fair share of skeptics, but ultimately it was proven that this was in fact, a very legit shell. All of Jose’s property walks truly paid off when they led to this discovery! Who knows what else he might find on his land!
It’s not every day that you can find an entire shell in your backyard. It’d be pretty cool enough to find a turtle shell in your backyard, but most of us just find rocks and litter. Discoveries like this don’t happen very often, and they definitely are crucial to science. Jose shows that it always pays off to explore! Especially for someone who has such massive land! Many farmers own acres upon acres of fields and plains for their animals to graze and their crops to grow. But beyond the basic farming tools, there is the potential of many more magical and significant discoveries being made!