Fossils of a 2 million year old Toxodon chapalmalensis found in Argentina

Fossils of a 2 million year old Toxodon chapalmalensis found in Argentina

The town of Miramar It is one of the most important paleontological sites in Argentina, where great discoveries occur over and over again. The most recent occurred a few days ago, when staff and collaborators of the Punta Hermengo Municipal Museum found part of the pelvis and a hind leg of a robust notoungulate (hoofed animal) named Toxodon chapalmalensis, with an age of about 2 and a half million years and the size of a calf.

The Toxodonts They were a genus with several species that existed on our continent and of which remains are exhibited in this same museums, one of the most recognized being the Toxodon platensis, which is the size of a rhinoceros and was found in more modern sediments, some 500,000 years old.

This discovery was made when a collapse in the cliff uncovered the fossils, which were observed and rescued by Daniel Boh, Director of the local museum and Francisco De Cianni, of the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences of Buenos Aires, with the contribution of Mariano Magnussen in restoring them.

More information on the Miramar Museum website.

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