Armadillo shell 10,000 years old and as big as a car discovered perfectly intact

A gigantic 10,000-year-old armadillo shell has been uncovered by fishermen in an astonishing video.

The group of friends unearthed the enormous protective shell of an ancient armadillo while fishing in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.

The extinct mammal was roughly the same size and weight as a Volkswagen Beetle, although slightly flatter in shape.

In the clip, the men dig out the well-preserved shell buried within a muddy ditch.

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The ridges on the shell of the animal are visibly very clear.

After washing away residing mud, the shell's sheer size comes into focus.

The shell belonged to a Glyptodon – a large, heavily-armoured mammal that lived during the Pleistocene epoch and were relatives of present-day armadillos.

The find comes four years after the shell of a Glyptodon was found in the same area which is now exhibited at the Tristan Suarez History Museum.

Palaeontologist Oscar Vique said it was a very important discovery because the fossil has been extremely well-preserved.

He added that the Glyptodon probably went to the area to look for water and sank in the mud due to its weight.

Vique confirmed that it had not been killed by a predator, adding: “As it weighed over two tons, it was unable to get out of the hole it was stuck in.”

Experts believe it will take between 10 and 15 days to safely remove the shell of the extinct mammal.

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One of the fishermen Imanol Ojeda told local media: “We were fishing and I put my hand in and found this hole.

"I kept quiet about it for two years and today I showed the guys.”

Local journalist Martin Rodriguez said: “One of the group members contacted me.

"I don’t think they knew how valuable it was and they innocently kept it secret for years.”

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