Farmers tend to experience redundant days. Their dedication to routine is what makes a farm successful. However, a farmer near Buenos Aires, Argentia had his routine existence thrown for a loop when he discovered a giant, scaly mystery object on his property. His journey to solve the possibly prehistoric enigma would eventually lead to a remarkable discovery.
Overseeing The Farm
Farmer Jose Antonio Nievas was enjoying a regular morning walk on Christmas Day in 2015. He surveyed his land and made notes of the tasks he needed to complete that day. He would soon find this Christmas wouldn’t be like any other day.
The Giant Discovery
Nievas was never surprised when he discovered different variations of flora or fauna. He was quite familiar with the animal life surrounding his land. As he made his way along the stream on his property, a giant object caught his eye.
Wedged In The Mud
A large and spherical object was wedged in the bank next to his stream. It looked like a rock until he got a little closer. He noticed the object was covered with a layer of mud and decided to clean it off for a closer look.
A Dragon’s Egg?
Upon clearing away some of the grime, he began to see and feel scale-like protrusions from the mystery object. It displayed dark colors with some hints of green along with the textured scales. His daily mission was now to remove the object from the bank and get to the bottom of the mystery.
Larger Than Life
Nieves went to work trying to pull the item up on the bank. Dislodging the object proved to be more difficult than it looked and it would take more than one person. The farmer went back to the house and enlisted the help of his wife.
“My husband went out to the car and when he came back he said, ‘Hey, I just found an egg that looks like it came from a dinosaur,” explained wife Reina Coronel. “We all laughed because we thought it was a joke.”
Calling In Reinforcements
The couple was not able to remove the item and enlisted the help of local authorities. Their excitement increased as they pondered what type of prehistoric discovery fell into their laps. They eventually turned to archaeological experts who determined what the item actually was.
The Lab Results Are In!
After further review and an in-depth laboratory assessment, researchers determine the item was around 10,000 years old. It was the fossil remains of a glyptodon, a pre-history armadillo-like creature who grazed on plants in the surrounding area. The truly remarkable mystery 10,000 years in the making had been solved.