Hundreds of fossils found outside Argentina’s capital

Date:

Share post:

Paleontologists found about 300 well-preserved fossils of pre-historic animals at two quarries outside Buenos Aires, Argentine officials said. 

The fossils were found by specialists from the University of La Plata in a 1,197 sq. yard lot in Marcos Paz, a city about 25 miles from the capital. 

Paleontologists found everything “from (fossils of) a baby glyptodon to a complete herd of huge mastodons, the ancient relatives of today’s elephants,” Marcos Paz Paleontology Division chief David Piazza told the official Telam news agency. 

The fossilized remains of horses, guanacos, peccaries, stags, turtles, weasels, small birds, amphibians and fish were also found at the site. 

The discovery “drew our attention because of the abundance of animal fossils in a small area and the quality of the specimens,” Piazza said. 

One of the most important fossils found was the skull and jaw bone of a Macrauchenia, a long-necked giant mammal similar to a camel. 

Source: Fox News – Latino [April 19, 2012]

ADVERTISEMENT

spot_img

Related articles

Fossil expands ancient fish family tree

A second ancient lungfish has been discovered in Africa, adding another piece to the jigsaw of evolving aquatic...

Volcanoes acted as a safety valve for Earth’s long-term climate

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that extensive chains of volcanoes have been responsible for both...

T. rex used a stiff skull to eat its prey

A Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey. But how it accomplished...

New study pinpoints twin triggers of Triassic era extinction event

Curtin-led research has revealed an increase in levels of both acid and hydrogen sulfide in the ocean was...

Remains of ancient sea cow discovered on California island

Scientists say they’ve unearthed fossil remains of a sea cow that lived in the shallow waters off Southern...

Mexican paleontologists identify new ‘talkative’ dinosaur species

Paleontologists identified a new species of dinosaur after a specimen from about 73 million years ago was found...

Ostrich-like dinosaurs from Mississippi are among the world’s largest at over 800 kilograms

Ostrich-like dinosaurs called ornithomimosaurs grew to enormous sizes in ancient eastern North America, according to a study published...

Diving into Devonian seas: Ancient marine faunas unlock secrets of warming oceans

Members of Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences are shining new light on an enduring mystery--one that...