Many of the world’s most interesting enigmas are found simply by accident. Actually, whole continents have been revealed due to wrong turns, convictions and maps.

Jose Antonio Nievas from South America understands this perfectly well. On his Christmas-morning walk, he noticed something that would cause a debate all over his little Argentinian birth place Carlos Spegazzini. It took a group of specialists, however, to reveal the truth.

What had he discovered during his morning stroll? Find out for yourself…

Once in a while, our reality’s most prominent puzzles lie superbly safeguarded underneath the dirt, sitting tight for somebody to unearth them. Scarcely any individuals know this superior to Jose Antonio Nievas, a basic agriculturist from the South American town of Carlos Spegazzini, which lies only south of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Usually there is not much action in small city Carlos Spegazzini which has changed since Jose went out strolling one Christmas morning in December 2015. He wanted to get out for afresh air and exercise, but he never even thought that would discover something that would change our knowledge of history. In any case, what he discovered may very well have done that…

Jose was strolling along the river that runs through his property together with his dog when something caught his attention. Partly covered in mud, an enormous dark thing stuck out at the brink of the riverbed. When he looked closely, he saw it was not a stone…

The stone looked layered, similar to a snake skin, and at one side there was a gap shaped by a collapsed part of the surface. Being a smart person, Jose knew this was something much more important than he’d already thought.

He could not hide his joy and hurried home to inform his family about what he’d discovered. He told them that he disocvered an egg that appears as though it originated from a dinosaur. His spouse Reina said she thought he was joking.

When Jose discovered the egg, he could not tell how big it was, because it was covered by mud, but after digging it out, he saw it was 91 cm wide.

Jose attempted picking up the “egg” but it was too heavy and he couldn’t carry it alone. He though that no egg is so heavy and wondered what it was.

Jose asked the authorities to estimate what it was and their answer was that it was an armored shell.

In order to find the answer to whom did this shell belonged, they had to look back in history.

It seems that Jose had found a well-preserved shell of a glyptodon, an ancient creature that looked like a huge armadillo and that lived more than 15,000 years ago in South America.

Archeologists have found fossils like Jose’s glyptodon on many places in Argentina. But, the one he found as best preserved.

Many questions were raised among why the shell was right-side up. These enormous animals would probably have deceased on their backs or sides.  It is also not clear how did it spend millenniums buried under the ground almost intact.

In the end, scientist established that the shell was, actually, genuine and was preserved for so long due to the mud. But they found another hole above the ones for the head and tail.

They established that, if the hole wasn’t made while it was in the ground, but probably it was an injury that caused the animal to die and it has been caused by something very big.


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