A team of workers found the remains of a glyptodon while excavating to build an underground parking lot in Plaza España, in Mar del Plata. The size of the fossil is 2 meters long and 1.60 meters high, “like a Fiat 500,” said Matías Taglioretti, from the team of paleontologists who came to the site.
The discovery occurred on Wednesday morning on the north side of the excavation of the square, near the Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences. The paleontologists of this institute were the ones who began to collect the remains after the workers gave notice.
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According to the newspaper 0223, one of the workers explained that the construction was in the final stage of excavations and that before that moment they had not found anything. However, it was not necessary to stop the construction.
This Thursday, the paleontology team, the vertebrate laboratory and special collaborators of the Scaglia Museum continued with the extraction of the giant armadillo. The specialists explained to the local media that this specimen inhabited the Mar del Plata coast three million years ago.
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“The appearance of fossils in this area of Mar del Plata is not surprising because the coast is a natural depositTaglioretti confirmed. However, the specialist found it curious that the remains appeared in that area because they were not located on a cliff, but in an area where “paleontological records were covered up by urbanization,” he said.
Regarding the percentage of the remains, Taglioretti warned that, “with luck”, the team of specialists will find 40% of the fossilized corpse. He explained that, to find 100% of a skeleton, the corpse must be buried immediately. In this case, “exposure to UV rays, wind, rain, and scavengers cause part of the body to be fossilized to be lost,” he specified.
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