We all find mysterious objects once in a while, but Jose Antonio Nievas made an astounding discovery on his property on Christmas Day in 2015. As he was taking a leisurely walk, his eyes caught a gigantic object that was sticking out of a niche on the side of a stream.
As Jose slowly approached the strange object, he noticed that it was covered in mud. However, he immediately began using his bare hands to pull the muck away. Nothing, however, could prepare Jose for what would happen over the next hours and days.
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Jose Runs to Get His Wife
Jose realized that he wasn’t getting too far on his own, so he went back to his home to get backup. Once there, he told his wife, Reina Coronel, that he had discovered something amazing.
Jose tried to describe the unidentified object to his wife and the only thing that he could come up with was that it looked like a dinosaur egg. Reina, having a pretty practical mind, simply laughed at her husband and asked to see the discovery in person. She couldn’t wait to see what her husband was talking about.
Jose and Maria were not the only ones interested in the strange object. Click ‘Next.’
The Farmer from Carlos Spegazzini
Jose’s farm was located in the city of Carlos Spegazzini, which is only a short drive from the bustling Argentinian city of Buenos Aires. The small city is filled with a mix of farmers and affluent citizens. You can only imagine what this kind of find would do the an entire town!
The city was named after the famous botanist, Carlos Luis Spegazzini who primarily studied vascular plants and fungi. Knowing this, could this object then, be some type of plant life?
Click ‘Next’ to find out what Jose did after he began digging the mud out from around the object.
Jose and Maria Further Examine the Object
When Jose and Maria arrived at the area where Jose found the object, they found that they were not the only ones interested.
When Maria got her first look at the object, she, too was shocked. What was this object with that greenish glow? The couple briefly discussed their possible options. They ultimately decided to call the local police department for help.
Police soon arrived on the scene, but they were not alone. Did they have the answer as to what Jose had discovered? Click ‘Next.’
The Police are Puzzled, Too
As Jose and Reina waited for the police to arrive, a crowd began to gather around the strange object. Word had spread, but no one had an answer as to what this object might be.
The police arrived, but they had no idea what the object was, either. What they DID know was that they had to make sure that the scene was secure so that the mysterious item wouldn’t be damaged. They also had to decide who they could call for help. After all, they knew this was something extraordinary, but what it was…remained a mystery.
Someone else was also very interested in this mysterious find, who could it possibly be? Click ‘Next.’
A Dog’s Instinct
If there is one thing we can learn from a dog’s instincts is that they are usually right in their assessments. When Jose finally persuaded his wife to follow him to the stream, they were met by an equally curious dog. Cautiously, the hound circled the large entity, not knowing whether it was friend or foe.
Picking up on the dog’s hesitation, Jose and Reina became cautious as well. Jose pointed to his discovery, confirming what he said in the house was true. Reina couldn’t believe it. It did look like a dinosaur egg, but what is it really? Turning to each other, they tried to figure out what their next steps should be. They ultimately decided to call for help, so they could understand what this thing really is.
Who did the couple reach out to for help? Click ‘Next’ to see who comes.
Calling In The Big Guns
As time passed, the police were at a loss. Not knowing how to excavate the object, it began to look like an unsolvable puzzle. Jose and Reina knew they needed their help for its removal and assessment, but were just as lost as they were when it came to a game plan. If the police could not figure this out, what were they going to do?
The police ultimately decided to make the call, and they needed someone that is familiar with nature and the elements. This egg-shaped object did not look man made, so they could start there. Rifling through all possible agencies and people they had on hand, the authorities decided on their plan of action.
The Police decided to call the one group of people who might have the answers. Click ‘Next’.
Archaeologists to the Rescue
The police decided to contact local archaeologists. Knowledgeable in excavations and prehistoric artifacts, they might provide the missing link they were all looking for. Once contacted, the archaeologists readily agreed to come out to the property and begin their research.
When the experts came to Jose’s property, they closely inspected the discovery. They could confirm that the egg-like object belonged to something enormous. They knew that whatever it was, it had been there for a long time. But, in order to get more concrete answers, they needed to excavate the mass and bring it to a location that was more secure and conducive to their work. Estimating that it weighs around two tons, its removal would be a feat!
What else do the archaeologists reveal? Click ‘Next’ for astounding information!
A Ton Of Work
No one really knew how much this mysterious find actually weighs as they couldn’t even move that unidentified egg-looking object by one inch! They could only assume it was around two tons and that it was not going to be easy to dig in and pul out that find.
In the meantime, while literally trying to put their hands on the object, people were starting to speculate what that thing was. Some were even saying that it might all be a scam, and maybe someone planted that thing there just to spice things up in the city of Carlos Spegazzini. If that’s the case, then that person must be very determined to pull a prank!
This amazing find was creating a buzz on a wider scale. Find out more ‘Next’.
It Got The Media’s Attention
Now you can only imagine what a huge discovery such as this unidentified object would do to a pretty mellow place such as the city of Carlos Spegazzini, let alone what the wider public would think of it. Well, let’s just say that it drove the media into a frenzy and no one could have anticipated the great buzz, not only locally but on a greater scale.
Carlos Spegazzini went from being pretty much anonymous to being one of the most talked about places in the news. Jose, the local farmer who made that discovery, almost turned into a hero within just one day. In his wildest dreams, he couldn’t imagine he would become so famous.
So how did the archaeologists lift up this two-ton discovery? Find out ‘Next’.
Picking And Digging
The fact that this egg-looking shell was found on a farm was probably for the best as it didn’t take very long for the people to pull out their best tools and start digging in. Needless to say that everyone want land a hand, literally, and the people working on pulling out the object were more than excited to do the job.
We do wonder though, were they feeling fearful while pulling up the object? They knew what it looked from above, but no one knew what could possibly be found below. Well, they were determined to take it out, no matter what was running through their heads. It was team work at its best.
That was no sight to forget any time soon. The locals took the opportunity to do this next thing.
A Picture Worth Two Tons
Before the object was being pulled out of its resting place, the locals knew that it was only a matter of time before the unidentified and mysterious object was going to leave the city. People wanted to take every opportunity to document themselves with this amazing find. Families gathered as close as they could and took as many pictures as possible.
These were definitely pictures that they would carry around for years to come to show for the next generation. It’s not everyday that such a literally big discovery is made on their friend’s property. Some were even jealous that they weren’t the first ones to unearth this object. You know what they say, finders keepers!
We’re getting close to our big discovery. What else do the archaeologists reveal? Click ‘Next’ for astounding information!
As the days went on, the archaeologists tried to grasp a hold on what was discovered, and they believed it was a fossil. This was not the first large fossil that has been found in the area, so it was easy for them to point a finger in that direction. In the past, fossils and artifacts of the same nature have been excavated and researched by scientists. Perhaps this find would provide the same result?
Museums around the world hold evidence of these large prehistoric finds from not just Argentina, but other countries as well. Fossils from Australia, Antarctica, China, and North America have all been displayed in these galleries. So, while finds like these are rare, it does happen.
Let’s recall what Jose first thought he found when he went to get his wife to the scene.
Jose’s First Prediction
As you probably recall, Jose couldn’t have been more excited upon his big discovery. He went running back to his house to tell his wife what he. had just stumbled upon. In one of the interviews, Jose’s wife said that her husband’s first prediction was that this black scaly shell was actually a dinosaur egg. The first thing that came out of Jose’s mouth was ‘I just found something that came out of a dinosaur. How is that possible though?
If this object did in fact belong to the extinct species, it must have laying there for thousands of years, and there’s no way it would have been preserved so well. Was Jose’s prediction far-fetched?
Was Jose right all along? Click ‘Next’ to learn about this great discovery.
The Ultimate Discovery
Jose and his family were waiting with baited breath for the results of the scientist’s findings. After racking their brains with various theories and possibilities, the archaeological team finally determined what was found on Jose’s farm. Knowing that the fossil was indeed prehistoric, they now could come up with some possibilities of what it may be. Jose and the rest of his town couldn’t believe what they heard.
After waiting for so long, the archaeologists said the large object was an ancient shell of some sort. Jose was partially right in his initial opinion. The shell belonged to a creature that was alive during the dinosaur age. The shell maybe that of a prehistoric large mammal called the glyptodon.
But were they right in their initial judgement? Maybe this similar discovery could shed some light. Click ‘Next’.
An Amazing Find In The Midwest
James Bristle, a local farmer from Michigan came upon something so extraordinary, it stayed in the national news headlines for months. A new farm owner, James had bought his property months before his big find. He wanted to do some renovations on his land and was trying to find the best place to start the work.
Not knowing what he would be in for, he asked a friend to help him dig up some dirt to begin the job. He was planning on building a natural gas line on his property, so the location had to be in an area that has not been bothered before. He decided on a soy field in near distance from his home.
What would James find on his soy field? Click ‘Next’ to learn more!
Starting The Dig
Surveying the soy field, James decided he would place his lift station in the undisturbed location. The magnitude of the job would require more than one person, so he asked a friend to help him with the planning and the digging.
The process would be time consuming and arduous, but James was determined to get the project done before the first snow hit. It was early October, so it was just a matter of time before that happened. Giving himself a few weeks, the timing would be tight, but doable. Living in a rural town in Washtenaw County, Michigan, he had to winterize his farm and start other projects before the first snow fell.
The area where James lived was a farming town, too. Click ‘Next’ to see if he fared the same.
Chelsea, Michigan is where James calls home. The small rural city has less than 5,000 residents and is only about four-square miles in area. Living in the area most of his life, James was very familiar with his surroundings. The flat land was ideal for farm living, and the area is a hidden gem for families to grow up in.
He and his family lived in their home for years before he acquired the soy field and surrounding land across the street. He stated that his family purchased the farm in the 1950s, but he was only able to acquire it recently. Before he received the parcel, it remained untouched for the most part.
James didn’t know what he was in for when he started digging. Click ‘Next’ to read on.
Once James and his friend were ready to start digging, they collected all their necessary tools and machinery for the project. Walking out to the field, it felt like any other cool Michigan day. The plan was to get the soil ready for the natural gas line; it should go by quickly.
Time passed as they dug their way through the ground. Suddenly, their backhoe hit something hard about eight feet underground. Thinking it was a buried piece of wood or part of a fence post, they stopped their work to move it out of the way. Climbing down the machine, they both walked closer to the hole. Something was amiss. The object did not look like a piece of wood at all. But, to find out what it was, you have to keep clicking!
Did Jose contact the right experts in Argentina? Click ‘Next’ to keep reading!
Learning About The Shell
Upon further understanding, Jose and the rest of the town learned more about the fascinating find. Alejandro Kramarz, a paleontologist working with the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum, made the revelation about the origins of the shell.
He believed the shell ended up on Jose’s property as a result of either the animal getting stuck and buried or it may have burrowed its way into the cave where it was found. The animal may have met an unfortunate fate, and over time, the shell is the only evidence of its existence. The findings are fascinating, nevertheless.
Would James find be from the prehistoric age as well? Click ‘Next’ to find out the amazing result.
Digging Up A Mystery
As James and his friend got closer to the trench, they knew what they had hit was not wood nor debris. What was it? Covered in dirt, it was hard to tell what they were looking at. Was it an old piece of equipment that mistakenly got buried years ago? Or maybe it was a large boulder that was stuck in the soil?
The two friends jumped in the trench and started using their hands to unearth the unusual find. As they touched the object, it became apparent to them that this was not something man made. It was smooth and rounded to the touch, hard and seemingly unbreakable. They still couldn’t identify this mysterious find, so the pair kept digging until they could break free from the compacted dirt.
Would the duo know what to do with what they found? Click ‘Next’ for more!
Looking For Help
James looked at his friend; did he know what this was? Both puzzled, they shook more dirt off the oblong object and realized what they were holding. It was some sort of animal bone. The two initially thought it was a cow or steer bone, but ruled that out due to the length. There was no farm animal they could think of that this large bone could come from.
As they looked it over, they started to realize the bone was to something unusual. Something never seen before. They just couldn’t figure out what. Not knowing what to do, the two stood there with their find for a few minutes. They would need help trying to find what animal this belonged to. James knew he had to contact an expert.
Who did James end up contacting for help? Click ‘Next’ for his decision.
A School Of Answers
James decided he should call the University of Michigan’s Museum of Paleontology. They were located just a few miles away from his farm, so they should get their fairly quickly. Once he contacted the department, he spoke with Daniel Fisher, the Director of the museum.
Daniel was eager to visit James’ farm to see what he had found. James requested they come to the farm that day as they had a tight timeline to finish the gas line project. Daniel agreed, and rounded up a team of fifteen students to take along with him just in case the discovery proved fruitful. Daniel packed up the necessary equipment and drove the ten miles to where James was.
Could what was found in Argentina be a Glyptodon? Click ‘Next’ to find out more.
What Are Glyptodons?
The glyptodon lived around the Pleistocene period. They were armored mammals who used their hard, protective shell to defend themselves from predators. Surprisingly, extensive research has shown that the glyptodon and humans coexisted harmoniously for hundreds of thousands of years. This harmony was unfortunately one of the causes of their extinction.
Humans began hunting the ancient mammoth-like creatures for their shells. They were believed to be used as temporary shelters during dangerous weather conditions. Also, the climate change that occurred affected their survival and eventually helped to render them extinct. Scientists believe that the giant creature couldn’t adapt quickly enough to the extreme and harsh conditions that followed shortly after the Mexican Yucatan peninsula meteor strike.
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Glyptodons, while ancient ancestors of present day armadillos, differed in their looks. The prehistoric beasts were much taller and had the weight like that of a small car. Their shell covering went up to two inches in thickness and resembled a tortoise shell.
The glyptodon also had a bony-like cap on its skull to offer protection against its predators. One species of glyptodon, the Doedicurus, possessed a huge tail with mace-like spikes. The Doedicurus used its spiked tail to fight off predators including the large carnivorous birds that lived during its time. Glyptodons were herbivores with several cheek teeth that functioned as grinders. The armored armadillo relative, Pampatheres, and ground sloths include the megafaunal species that also died during that time.
Despite the amazing find, critics didn’t believe the shell was real. Click ‘Next’ to find out why.
Science Versus Skepticism
The criticism surrounding the mysterious discovery seemed never ending. However, for every critique that came up, researchers answered back with rational and scientific explanations. For example, the question was asked about the shell’s preserved state. Scientists would counter that with a valid justification: The mud that Jose had attempted to clear away from the large shell was what kept the animal caged into the ground. Naturally, with the creature unable to move or escape its housing, it eventually died. The mud then acted like a preservative, keeping the shell solidly in one place and protected from the elements.
Another expert chimed in to the cause. London’s National History Museum’s Adrian Lister explained that fossils were often found buried around streams and riverbanks because water gradually erodes the soil around and exposes them. This made sense to how Jose had found the shell.
Unlike Jose, James wasn’t met with onlooker criticism. Click ‘Next’ for how his discovery was received!
As Daniel and his students arrived at the farm, he was met by James. Handing over his discovery for Daniel’s inspection, he let them know time is of the essence. Needing to keep a tight harvest schedule, he told Daniel he could only give him one day to complete the work.
Daniel promised him they would only take a day, and they both agreed they would start their excavation and analysis the next day. He couldn’t tell what type of bone James handed to him just by first glance, but he felt it could be something monumental. Leaving the farm, he and his students were excitedly beginning the necessary preparations for tomorrow’s task. They would be there at dawn, ready for the day.
What was James thinking? Could he have stumbled upon something great? Click ‘Next’ to read on.
The Team Began at First Light
James packed it up for the day and went home. What would tomorrow bring? He had no clue that the future chain of events would change is life forever.
The next day, at dawn’s first light, James met Daniel at the site. Daniel had brought back his team and two local excavators to help him figure out the area. Working quickly, they eventually dug a 10-foot deep excavation pit and began to work on the area.
What would the day bring to the excavation team? Click ‘Next’ for more!
A Curious Town
As the news spread, curious residents came by the site to catch a peek of the excavation efforts. Hearing there may be a monumental find on the farm, the onlookers wanted to be a part of the action. Media outlets and news stations quickly set up camp on the outskirts of the soy field.
James stood off to the side while Daniel did the work, waiting with baited breath for his findings. He was ready for almost anything. When he told his family what he had found, they couldn’t believe all the people who were planted on their farm. They never imagined something of this magnitude could happen to them! The passing minutes were intense, to say the least.
Daniel’s team could easily piece together their findings once they saw what it was. Click ‘Next’ for more.
As the day pressed on, Daniel and his team dug up more bones. He was getting excited. These bones are not from the modern-day world, he deduced. These were the bones of something massive and possible extinct. He didn’t want to let James know his expert opinion until he was absolutely sure.
The digging crew had dug all day without any breaks. It was now nearing the end of the day, and their findings so far had been extraordinary. They had unearthed multiple bones that were massive in size. Daniel knows they are more than likely dealing with a prehistoric find. If this proved true, the discovery is one of the greatest he has ever heard of in this era.
While the excitement builds in James hometown, criticism remains in Jose’s. Click ‘Next’ for more.
Skeptics Question The Shell
Skeptics began to question the feasibility of the shell. With a finding of this magnitude, questions were bound to arise. If this truly was from a glyptodon, how could a shell that large and old be preserved for so long with it not being damaged or noticed?
The University of Manchester’s Dr. Bill Sellers wanted to silence the skeptics. He believed that the shell had appropriate wear and tear displayed as it should. He further explained that glyptodons are not that old given that they lived during the Pleistocene Era. Dr. Sellers also concludes that all of these realistic factors when combined explain why the shell got discovered in its near pristine condition. He was winning the argument for the glyptodon.
New criticism that the shell was staged was also making waves. Was it? Click ‘Next’ to find out.
A Staged Discovery?
Skeptics still pressed on. One question they raised was the validity of the findings. If glyptodons lived 10,000 years ago, was the newly found shell real or just a staged discovery? Critics did not deem it possible that remains dating back that far could be found so easily, protruding from the ground.
In addition, the shell Jose found was upside down. The creatures were known to die if they were in this position. Their odd shape made it impossible for them to flip back over, and they would eventually succumb to lack of food and water or would then be picked off by predators. Despite their arguments, researchers were still adamant that the find was real.
Despite experts authenticating the shell, critics still didn’t believe the truth. Click ‘Next’ to learn more.
Not Quite Measuring Up
The discovery of the prehistoric armadillo fossil undoubtedly remains a remarkable find. All were in awe of not only the discovery, but in the condition of the shell as well. The near perfect state was hard to believe. It was the most pristine fossil that was ever found.
Another unbelievable characteristic was its size. Many thought the shell should be bigger per previous findings and research. Dr. Bill Sellers had pointed out that the discovered protective casing was a bit smaller than what was expected of a glyptodon. He explained that the cover should measure at least two meters long. However, he also explained, he believed the find might have been the shell of a juvenile glyptodon, which explained the smaller size.
Would the discovery in Michigan be this controversial? Click ‘Next’ to read on.
This excavation was going to take longer than a day, Daniel told James. This find is of colossal proportions, so James reluctantly agreed to extend the deadline. Although he desperately wanted to get back to his construction project before winter, he realized this discovery, whatever it was, was far more important.
Daniel was about ready to give his assessment as to what was found that day. He could not believe such a well-preserved fossil was found so close to home. He knew this large creature had been extinct for thousands of years. It was now close to sunset and the team was ready to take out the greatest piece found so far. Using zip lines and a backhoe, they began to pull.
Meanwhile, in Argentina, a determination was made. Click ‘Next’ for the concrete findings.
The Truth Wins
The paleontologists who studied the excavation point and the photos that were taken, confirmed that the shell was indeed that of a fossilized glyptodon. The fact that the glyptodon lived in the South American region for millions of years, as well as their migration patterns to Guatemala, played a role in solidifying the proof.
The shell of the fossilized mammal was made of osteoderm deposits, which in simple terms were hard, skin deposits. These deposits made the outer shell tough, and could also be another reason why it was so well preserved when found. The osteoderm of each individual glyptodon differed in uniqueness, making it easy to distinguish them based on their shell. Its primary function was for protection, but their tails worked in tandem during intra-species fights.
Click ‘Next’ to find out what Jose and Reina think of the discovery!
From Egg to Incredible Discovery
As the news of the discovery of the glyptodon shell spread worldwide, Jose’s wife, Reina, recounted to news outlets the moment her husband walked through the door and told her about what he found. She recalls that he thought it was a dinosaur egg at first. Thinking he was joking, they laughed about the absurd probability that what he was saying was anywhere near the truth. She never thought her husband’s Christmas Day discovery would ever lead to this incredible find.
Although rare, glyptodon shells have been found in other areas of the country and continent, but none as well preserved as this one. This was a remarkable day for all involved!
Click ‘Next’ for more information about the glyptodon and their modern-day relatives, the armadillos.
Glyptodon Vs. Armadillo
The species that Jose discovered was determined to belong in the glyptodon family, but the exact type of glyptodon remains unclear. Regardless, the find opened the conversation about this ancient species and their relation to the modern-day armadillo.
Although the creatures of the prehistoric age are no more, there are some modern-day equivalents that we can see roaming the earth today, specifically the armadillo. The armadillo shares the same ancestry as the glyptodon. With their markedly similar bony body armor, they are a miniature version of their extinct relatives. However, the armor of the glyptodons features a rounded dome-like shape, while the armadillos have elastic bands. The armadillos also lack bony caps on their skull like their ancestors.
Could you find the next prehistoric fossil in your backyard? Click ‘Next’ to find out!
Amateur Prehistoric Finds
Jose got added to the list of many inexperienced home dwellers who have stumbled upon ancient finds. It turns out that several similar discoveries have been made by ordinary people and in the most seemingly casual of ways. The common theme is the lack of professional equipment that is needed to unearth these incredible fossils. Anyone can find them!
Some examples of a novice finding prehistoric artifacts include the following families. Shawn and Donald Gibson along with their son discovered a snaggletooth shark’s bones in their backyard. They had been digging in the yard due to a construction project, when they happened to find several large vertebrae and eventually the complete skeleton of the ancient shark. Another family living in Lancashire, UK discovered the prehistoric remains of a 20,000-year-old wolf in their backyard. They made the find when digging up their yard to put in a duck pond!
Where are the Glyptodon remains now? Click ‘Next’ for its new location.
Jose’s find was added to the list of ancient discoveries that have allowed scientists to find out more about the creatures that walked the earth in the past. The glyptodon shell was one of the best that have been recently discovered, a rare treat. It is possible that there are other fossils out in the world that are waiting to be found.
The glyptodon fossil has also given scientists the opportunity to study the long extinct species. Further studies can reveal more about the link of these enormous creatures with the modern-day armadillo. This research can help scientists to learn more about the armadillo and even prevent future extinction. It’s amazing what one fossil can do to help further scientific efforts.
What were they pulling out back in Michigan? This is incredible! Click ‘Next’ to find out.
The Greatest Discovery
As they pulled out the gigantic skull with attached tusks, the findings were evident. This was a prehistoric creature for sure. It was a great woolly mammoth. Placing the large skull and tusks on a flatbed truck, the skull joined the rib, pelvic, and vertebrae bones of the massive beast, which were already waiting on the trailer.
As day turned into night, about 20 percent of the bones had been exhumed. This was a great day for paleontology! James could not believe what was happening. Stunned, he huddled with his family close by. His 5-year old grandson was rendered speechless looking at the massive size of the pelvis. This was definitely a day to remember.
What a titanic discovery! Click ‘Next’ to find out what happened to the remains.
The Woolly Mammoth
Daniel estimated that this woolly mammoth was from an adult male that lived about 13,000 years ago. The bones still had to be dated, but he was confident in his assessment. The bones were well preserved and would tell him a lot of that bygone age.
Roaming North America thousands of years ago, the mammoth became extinct 11,700 years ago. Thirty of these massive beasts have previously been found in Michigan. None, however, compared in magnitude to that which was found on James’ farm. Daniel also noted that there was evidence of human activity on the bones. He said it was possible that they could have killed the animal and butchered it for meat. A revelation that only adds to the excitement of the findings.
Where are the bones today? Click ‘Next’ to find out their location.
James Donates the Bones
James agreed to donate the bones to the University of Michigan. While there, Daniel and his counterparts plan on cleaning the bones and preparing them for dating. The name of the woolly mammoth would be called the Bristle Mammoth, in honor of James and his donation to the school.
James remains humble in his actions, stating that the bones belong to everyone. It’s his way of giving back to the community, which makes him happy. His brief taste of fame has brought happiness to his family and neighbors alike. He is just glad he could be a part of it.
Learning From The Bones
The mammoth bones found on James’ land not only tells us a plethora of information about the mammoth, but about humans as well. It is believed that the discovery contains some of the earliest remnants of humans who lived in the Americas!
After the bones were taken by the university, it was confirmed that they dated back 15,000 years. Coupled with the human markings on the bones and radioactive bone dating, the mammoth is an extraordinarily rare discovery that has not been seen to date. The information procured from the studies shows that humans were around during the Ice Age and did play a role in the daily life of that time. This is an unbelievable breakthrough!
Let’s learn more about these prehistoric beasts! How did mammoths become extinct? Click ‘Next’ to learn the surprising reason!
What Killed The Giant Woolly Mammoth?
Scientists have extensively researched the bones of unearthed woolly mammoths for decades. Not only have they figured out how mammoths lived, they have also determined how they became extinct. Surprisingly, there is little evidence to show that humans played a part in their demise.
Hunting mammoths during the prehistoric era was extremely rare. Recent studies have shown that out of almost 80 mammoth fossil sites, only 12 have shown any indication of human hunting or scavenging. These bones showed signs of carvings and injury that were not consistent with any known bone disease or carnivorous predator. All evidence shows the relationship between man and beast was a peaceful one. This begs the question–If men didn’t kill these giant mammals, what did?
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Weather Played A Role
The earth’s climate had a significant impact on the extinction of the woolly mammoth. As the prehistoric human population was increasing, the climate was shifting at the same time. The Ice Age was steadily coming to an end, and the cold and dry conditions were no more. Temperatures were rising and the earth was becoming wetter. The mammoths couldn’t thrive in this environment; their days were numbered.
Trees and forests were growing in areas where mammoths roamed. As the grassland the beasts preferred gradually disappeared, the animals were forced to journey to areas not known to them. In addition, the arrival of bison from Eurasia forced the mammoths out of a land they once dominated. The last of the woolly mammoths were relegated to northern Siberia where they perished thousands of years ago. It is a fascinating insight to the end of the woolly animal.
Can woolly mammoths be brought back to live with us today? There may be a chance! Click ‘Next.’
Bringing The Mammoth Back
Scientists have been able to extract DNA from woolly mammoths easily due to their well- preserved state many have been found in at exhumation. The reality is that the DNA can be used to clone the species and bring the population back on earth. The idea may sound far-fetched for most us, but there is a plan led by The Woolly Mammoth Revival to bring these gigantic beasts back to life.
Critics argue that if they were to make this plan a reality, the animals are not going to lead a humane life. The earth has changed immensely since the days of the mammoth, so where are they going to live? How are they going to live? They may not survive the landscape of any country or continent. However, supporters contend that a habitat or environment can be created to mimic prehistoric times.
Wow! If mammoths were alive today what type of environment did they need? Click ‘Next’ to read the riveting facts!
They Liked to Roam
Woolly mammoths were grazers of the land. As they lived in cold climates, snowfall was common, so they constantly had to be on the move looking for edible grasses and plants. Their tusks came in handy as a tool to move the layers of snow and ice to get to the food.
In the last Ice Age, the mammoths roamed millions of miles of territory in the northern hemisphere. Not only have fossilized remains been found in Michigan, but they have also been unearthed as far away as Portugal and Siberia. They favored the rough tundra that extended throughout this area tens of thousands of years ago. These animals really got around!
Were the other mammoth discoveries as amazing as the one in Michigan? Click ‘Next’ for one eye-opening and incredible find!
Discovery In Siberia
In 2015, a mammoth was uncovered in Siberia that contained the first complete sample of DNA ever found. The skin of the mammal was intact and in impeccable condition. It is so well preserved that scientists can extract biological information for the first time in a fossil of this nature.
The mammoth excreted a red liquid from its skin when it was discovered buried deep in the remote Siberian permafrost. Researchers amazingly determined the fluid to be blood from the mammoth, and one daring scientist even took a bit of the meat which was still relatively fresh! If they were ever going to clone a mammoth in the next few years, it is going to be from this perfect find!
There may be a real life Jurassic Park coming to fruition! Click ‘Next’ to read about the mind-boggling plan!
Dinosaurs In Our Midst
With the recent discovery of the preserved mammoth relic, researchers believe the duplication of the prehistoric animals are not very far off. Researchers are not only looking at the well-maintained DNA of found fossils, but they are also looking at an animal that roams alongside us today. Chickens.
Yes, chickens are thought to contain large samples of dinosaur DNA; more than any excavation could ever unearth. Using genetic modification, chicken embryos have been created with a dinosaur-like snout. This alteration is a breakthrough for what could happen in the future when it comes to dinosaur cloning. Although the experiment was for no other purpose than to show the development of the bird beak, supporters of prehistoric re-creation want to use this information for advancement purposes.
How amazing! What about the glyptodon? Is there any chance that species could come back? Click ‘Next.’
The huge armadillo-like glyptodon can make a comeback with the right environment and DNA. It is harder to extract the DNA from a creature like the glyptodon due to the type of weather they were prone to living in. South America is home to a warmer and more tropical environment, so the preservation of the DNA is not as good as the mammoth.
However, scientists believe there is a possibility to glean the DNA if there happens to be a glyptodon discovery in a dark and cool place such as a cave. The area needs to be dry as well and not in direct contact to any hazardous weather conditions. Since this could be an environment found in South America, there have been numerous scientist-led searches to look for the elusive pristine fossil for that reason.
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A Mammoth For The Ages
One of the best preserved woolly mammoths that have been found to date is now shown in Moscow, Russia. The baby mammoth, named Yuka, was found by local hunters in 2010. The female was found with its hide and clumps of hair still remarkably intact from eras gone by.
The baby was trapped inside a glacier when it was found and is now being kept inside a glass case with similar freezing cold temperatures. The juvenile animal is a valued find as she is the only mammoth that has been found in this condition. Currently on tour, Yuka is set to visit Japan, Taiwan, and other parts of Asia in the near future.
These fossils are incredible! There could be more coming. Click ‘Next’ to read on.
What The Future Brings
While the recent discoveries of the glyptodon shell and mammoth are nothing less than incredible, scientists expect more well-preserved fossils to be discovered in the next few years. Now that global warming is becoming a stark reality, the melting of glaciers and erosion of land is bound to unearth some amazing relics.
Researchers are eager to learn more about these amazing creatures from what they find today. If the end game is to clone some of these species into existence, it is truly unbelievable how far excavation and archaeological technology has come! These prehistoric skeletons are not just to be observed, but we must learn from them to understand our world today.
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