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An 8 year old Argentine boy discovers the skull of a South American camelid that lived more than 400,000 years ago


The fortuitous discovery was made while the boy was walking with his family on a beach in the province of Buenos Aires.

Vicente Di Iorio, an 8-year-old boy, discovered last Sunday during a walk along the beaches of Santa Clara del Mar, in the province of Buenos Aires, the skull of a Pleistocene South American camelid that lived in present-day Argentina between 400,000 and 700,000 years ago, reports the newspaper La Capital.

According to the minor’s father, while they were walking through a ravine, the boy found a fragment of bone that emerged from the ground, so he began to dig and, as he removed the earth that covered it, discovered the teeth of the ancient animal.

“It is not the first time that Vicente has found fossils. Previously he found other pieces, although not as important, and he is very enthusiastic about the subject. Whenever we can, we go for a walk and he makes observations,” added the parent. go de Vicente is “a very, very complete skull” and that “there are no [similar] paleontological records in the area.”

Likewise, he explained that the area where they were found The remains were used as an earth quarry, which is why different stratigraphic layers were discovered that allow them to investigate paleocaves and burrows dug by armadillos and giant ground sloths.

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