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6-year-old discovers fossils of extinct animal on Argentinian beach

Argentina, Monte Hermoso
January 12, 2020 at 09:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

A six-year-old Argentinian boy discovered fossils belonging to an extinct animal while playing with his mother on the beach in the Argentinian coastal city of Monte Hermoso.

Footage filmed on Friday shows some of the fossils discovered by Ciro Ruiz Diaz with jaws and bones still trapped in sediments.

"It is quite similar to what a current horse would be but we are talking about an already extinct horse that can be 10,000 to 25,000 years old," said Natalia Sanchez, the Director of the Municipal Museum of Natural Sciences Vicente Di Martino.

"These fossil remains are of great importance because our coast has a small amount of sediments and it is not usual to find a large quantity", she added.

Ciro and his mother were awarded a distinction from the museum which thanked them for alerting the authorities without trying to remove the fossils themselves.

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A six-year-old Argentinian boy discovered fossils belonging to an extinct animal while playing with his mother on the beach in the Argentinian coastal city of Monte Hermoso.

Footage filmed on Friday shows some of the fossils discovered by Ciro Ruiz Diaz with jaws and bones still trapped in sediments.

"It is quite similar to what a current horse would be but we are talking about an already extinct horse that can be 10,000 to 25,000 years old," said Natalia Sanchez, the Director of the Municipal Museum of Natural Sciences Vicente Di Martino.

"These fossil remains are of great importance because our coast has a small amount of sediments and it is not usual to find a large quantity", she added.

Ciro and his mother were awarded a distinction from the museum which thanked them for alerting the authorities without trying to remove the fossils themselves.

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