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While out for a solitary walk on Christmas day, Argentinian farmer Jose Antonio Nievas spotted something peculiar.

As he passed a muddy riverbank that ran through a portion of his property, he noticed an unusual sight. What appeared to be an enormous, rounded stone was sticking out from the bank of the stream.

“I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Nievas said. “I was really thinking about my family and the holiday, so I wasn’t paying good attention to what I was doing.”

His curiosity piqued, Nievas went to examine the stone. But when he did, he discovered it was not actually a stone at all.

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“The texture was really strange,” he said. “I’ve never felt anything like that in my life. I couldn’t decide if it was alive or not.”

The object was greenish and pebbly, and at first Nievas thought he had discovered a gigantic dinosaur egg.

“When my husband returned from his walk he said, ‘Hey, I just found an egg that looks like it came from a dinosaur,'” Reina Nievas said. “We all laughed because we thought it was a joke.”

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Jose and his wife didn’t waste any time and went to work, attempting to unearth and clean the object with tools from Nievas’ shed.

They worked slowly and delicately, trying not to damage what they began referring to as “the thing from outer space.”

“As we continued to excavate, we realized the true size of the thing,” Nievas said. “At some point, we figured that we were going to need help.”

Finally, after working for several hours, they decided they needed further assistance and called the police…