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AMTC researcher collaborated in the discovery of a prehistoric mammal

Dr. Marcelo García, member of our Exploration and Ore Deposits Modeling Research Group, was one of the scientists who participated in the recently published discovery of the Epipeltephilus caraguensis, a horned armadillo that lived 11 million years ago in the area that today is Caragua, 150 kilometers east of Arica.

The April issue of Journal of South American Earth Sciences contains the paper “Peltephilidae and Mesotheriidae (Mammalia) from late Miocene strata of Northern Chilean Andes, Caragua“, which describes in detail the fossil remains of the animal, found in northern Chile. It an until now unknown member of the Peltephilidae family, featuring two horns on top of its snout and uniquely shaped shell plates (osteoderms). The article proposes that, given its physical features, we are before a new animal species that inhabited the area in the Cenozoic era, Miocene epoch.

The research team that made the discovery is leaded by Germán Montoya Sanhueza, from the University of Concepcion Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences, and Karen Moreno, from the Institute of Earth Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile. AMTC’s Marcelo García collaborated studying the geologic context of the area in which the fossils were found.

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