Giant Armadillos

27 Feb 2020

At .... massive shellls of extinct Pleistocene armadillos have been found in Argentina. In fact, a graveyard of giant armadillos - found in a dried out river bed near Buenos Aires. Well, actually the graveyard is subject to hype as there were four of them - two adults and two youngsters (a family group that had been terminated and buried together). The link was provided by Robert once again ...


 ... It is common to find fossils buried in the bank of a river because flowing water gradually erodes the bank to expose them. Gaint armadillos became extinct at the end of the Ice Age along with the Giant Ground Sloth and Pampatheres (another armoured animal) - in South America.

Over at ... a study in Scientific Reports finds new 110 million years old treasure - gum. See ... a student at the University of Portsmouth noticed a thin amber coloured band inside some fossilised leaves under a microscope. It was gum. Apparently, it is unlike amber (in spite of the colour, which is a plant resin). What she had  espied was plant gum. Until this moment the assumption has been that plant gum could not survive the fossilisation process - but clearly it does. Is the mainstream method of fossilisation in some kind of way in error?