Today, walking across the wild expanses of Central and South America, you can find very unusual animals, armadillos. Their bodies are almost completely covered with armor, and can weigh up to 60 pounds. But thousands of years ago on our planet lived their larger ancestors, glyptodon, some of which were big as cars. That their remains recently found a resident of Buenos Aires (Argentina), during the withdrawal of the cattle in the pasture. The dry bed of the river he noticed the objects in the form of huge boulders and decided to notify the police. Those, in turn, appealed for help to the scientists.
About the sudden and surprising find Argentine shepherd told the publication the Daily Mail. Examining the detected objects, the paleontologists realized immediately that I was dealing with the shells of two glyptodon. In particular, we are talking about individuals of species of Glyptodon reticulatus, who lived on the planet about 20 thousand years ago. Some time later, the researchers found at the bottom of the river the remains of two individuals. According to them, this is a unique discovery, because previously no one has managed to detect a whole group glyptodon.
Amazing discovery of scientists
The researchers noted that the group consisted of two adults and two cubs. The largest specimens can be compared with the dimensions of the car Volkswagen Beetle, also known as the “beetle”. Due to the fact that the remains of all individuals were drawn to the West, scientists have suggested that the group glyptodon moved in the same direction. The cause of death and exact age of the dead animals, scientists can not name yet, but will be able to do this in the course of further research.
However, paleontologists now know that the bodies of ancient mammals from head to tail was protected by a hard carapace. It is assumed that it consisted of bony plates, and its length reached more than five feet. The thickness of the armor, according to scientists, was equal to about five centimeters that is also quite an impressive figure.
Also researchers know that the tail glyptodon was also well protected, and in some cases even used as weapons. It is believed that he was covered with a layer of fused rings and sometimes had thorns. While modern battleships in case of danger curl up in a ball and hiding in the bushes, their ancestors were able to fight back, waving his tail like a spiked club. However, they are many people did not dare to attack, because the body length of some species was up to three meters and weight was about two tons.