A few days ago Augusto traveled with his father from Glew to the city of General Belgrano to spend a day of fishing. Everything went normally until something sticking out of the ground caught their attention. They approached and made small excavations to see what it was about, without imagining then that they had just made a historical discovery.
“The first thing we saw was the edge of the shell. You could tell by the naked eye that it was like a prehistoric animal,” he told Clarion Augusto’s father, Matías Soto. Indeed, the fossil remains they had found belonged to a Glyptodon, a mammalian species believed to have inhabited the area approximately ten thousand years.
Neither of them had lost their amazement or curiosity about what they had unearthed when they returned home, so Soto began to send you the photos that they had brought out different experts and that was how he came to contact the paleontologist Jose Marcheto, who confirmed the importance of the finding.
According to his explanation, the glyptodon is an armored herbivorous mammal, relative of the current armadillos, which lived in much of southern South America for more than 35 million years.
Although even for a matter of time the fossils remain in the place where they were found, the objective is unearth them as soon as possible. “The Municipality collaborated with the materials and tools, but when the time came to prepare and set up the exhibition for the remains, it was very difficult to achieve,” explains the paleontologist.
Now, Augusto wants to return to the banks of the Río Salado to find “the whole family” of the animal he discovered. “They were not alone, surely mom or dad are close,” he fantasizes. And surely you are right.